Almaden Valley was once a booming farm town, which has transitioned to suburban paradise. The area has some of the best schools in the nation and provides some of the larger and more modern homes. Along with its east side, Almaden encompasses the Quicksilver trails. These trails are some of the most popular in the Bay Area.
The Almaden Quicksilver Trail in South San Jose tours the rusting remnant of what was once the largest mercury-mining undertaking in the world. At nearly 7 miles and with considerable elevation gain, this is a tough but gratifying hike into the history of the South Bay.