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Quicksilver

Average Rating:    (4.18 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

Fire roads are legal, Single track is *ILLEGAL* but wicked cool. Don't ask me how i know ;-)
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Review Date
April 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tbone ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode in off Harry Rd! Brutal climb for me! 800' elevation climb then nice rolling hills!



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Review Date
October 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Vince ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Nice trail for locals and cardio training. Not much fun to be had here unless they make the singletrack legal (not likely). No technical ability required, just braking ability and speed control for the fast fireroads.

Beginners can get train their endurance here. This is where I started mtb.

Intermediates can take the standard 10 mile loop from the Hacienda entrance. Only go up from Mockingbird entrance if you like to suffer.

I've been on all the trails, and I think the most interesting things here are the views, the big furnace at the top of the hill, and the tunnel. Not really worth driving to.

Recommended Route:
10 mi loop from Hacienda entrance
start from Mockingbird Lane if you want a challenge

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santa Teresa County Park



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Review Date
November 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: zaskar1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i have been riding this trail at least twice a week for the past year or so coming in from the hacienda entrance.
i have explored down the other trails to see the old mining stuff
and have hiked extensively in the front, mcabee entrance (no mtn bikes).

it has great views and gives you a good workout, but not an intense one. for that, go up kennedy road at sierra azul.

nothing very technical or any single track ( go to rocky ridge in santa teresa county park)

it is very shaded in most spots and very quiet

Recommended Route:
up the mine hill trail, connect to the left with the castellero trail
or continue with mine hill depending on how i feel and the sun
connecting with the randol trail in the middle of the resevoir, then taking the randol trail back down hacienda.

you can take side excursions to see the old mining stuff

Other recommended trails in the same area:
st josephs hill - short, but crowded
sierra azul - intense and great cardio
santa teresa - technical and rocky



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Review Date
June 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Almaden Mike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fire roads. The aerobic difficulty rating of 4 is for the Mockingbird entrance. I live about 1/4 mile from this entrance so I come here often for my evening workout rides. The trail drops a bit right out of the parking lot, skirts the edge of the park, and then begins to climb steeply. Despite what a previous reviewer said, this trail is definitely rideable, but it is a tough climb. I can make it up all the steep sections but not without stopping and gasping for air as each levels out a bit. Two thumbs up if you can do it clean. Once you get to the intersection with the Capehorn Pass trail you'll keep climbing for another 600' or so but you should be able to do the rest of the ride in your middle chainring.

Recommended Route:
From Mockingbird parking go left down Virl O. Norton, left on Hacienda, right on Capehorn Pass Trail, straight(not exactly, kinda like the 2nd right) throught the Capehorn Pass intersection and up Mine Hill Trail. At the top of Mine Hill go left on Castillero and go through the ghost town. Castillero will take you around the back of the mountian and one again join up with the Mine Hill Trail. Take a break at the picnic table here and enjoy the views of Mt. Umhunum.

Now decide if you want to head straight back to the trailhead or extend the ride another 6 miles or so. If it's the former go right on the Mine Hill Trail and once you hit the first intersection with Castillero backtrack to the start. If it's the latter go left on Mine Hill which will drop you 800' in a little over two miles. Go right on Randol Trail which rolls along at about the 1000' elevation level for 4 miles back to Capehorn Pass intersection. From here backtrack to the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rancho Canada Del Oro-Great Views, steep climbs on fire roads, and fun downhill on single/double track



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Review Date
December 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stiletto ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Park at Mockingbird entrance. You can be creative, sick, and come up with lots of loops to ride.

Recommended Route:
Park at Mockingbird. Climb up Virl O. Norton trail to the "bench" Go right, take Randall trail over to Guadalupe damn where the trail begins to climb to the left, take this (Mine Hill) all the way to the "horse trough" , go straight down Castillero trail back down to the bench, go back out Mockingbird, or, you can go down to Hacienda parking lot and ride Almaden road back to your car. (to the Mockingbird parking lot.) More pain? Take Castillero over to Woods (Sierra Azul) up to power poles, over to Kennedy, down Kennedy, to Shannon, to Hicks, back up Hicks, to Quicksilver.....hungry?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stiles, Rocky Ridge, U.C.S.C.



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