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Big Basin State Park Photographs

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***Waddell Creek
– Photos from the Waddell Creek section of the park on the coast.

Waddell Creek Trial: Waddell Creek Trail. Waddell Creek section of Big Basin State Park.

Waddell Creek Tall Trees: A grove of tall trees. Waddell Creek section of Big Basin State Park.

Waddell Creek Flowers: Waddell Creek flowers. Waddell Creek section of Big Basin State Park. February, 2003.
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Skiing Photographs

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DanSkisSquaw: Dan skis at Squaw Valley

One of my first telemark skiing trips; this one at Squaw Valley, California in January 2003. (Photo: Owen Lee)
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Sierra Nevada Photographs

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***About this page

Wondering why there are no photographs from Yosemite here? There were (and perhaps still are) too many photos on this page, so I have created a separate page with photos from Yosemite:
***Yosemite Photographs.
Follow the link to see them.

MonitorPassCloudsBW2007|04|04: Monitor Pass, Clouds. Alpine County, California. April 4, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales") keywords: monitor pass clouds alpine county california black and white photograph

Monitor Pass, Clouds. Alpine County, California. April 4, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

OwensDesertFlowers2007|05|30: Evening Flowers and Sierra Nevada Range. Owens Valley, California. May 30, 2005. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell" ("sales")    keywords: evening flowers and sierra nevada range owens valley california desert red flowers mammoth color photograph

Evening Flowers and Sierra Nevada Range. Owens Valley, California. May 30, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell (Sales)

ConwayAspenGroveBW2006|10|08: Young Aspen Tree. Near Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: aspen grove clouds conway summit sierra nevada california black and white photograph

Young Aspen Tree. Near Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

NorthLakeRockMeadowBW2006|10|01: Rock, Meadow, Aspens. Near North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: rock boulder aspens meadow clouds mountain grass north lake sierra nevada california bishop creek black and white photograph

Rock, Meadow, Aspens. Near North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

TiogaLakeMammothPeak2006|07|03: Tioga Lake and Mammoth Peak. Tioga Pass, California. July 3, 2006. © "copyright g dan mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: tioga lake mammoth peak tioga pass gulls rock forest meadow snow yosemite national park california color photograph

Tioga Lake and Mammoth Peak. Tioga Pass, California. July 3, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

AspensBirdFeeders2006|07|03: Aspen Grove and Bird Houses. Lee Vining Canyon, California. July 3, 2006. © "copyright g dan mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: lee vining canyon california aspen grove bird houses grass sierra nevada black and white photograph

Aspen Grove and Bird Houses. Lee Vining Canyon, California. July 3, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

Aspen Grove, North Lake: Aspen Grove. North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © "copyright g dan mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: aspen grove north lake bishop creek california sierra nevada black and white photograph

Aspen Grove. North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

TarnRockPeakBW2006|10|07: Tarn, Rock, Peak. (Monochrome) Twenty Lakes Basin, Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © "copyright g dan mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: tarn lake rock reflections peak clouds autumn light snow twenty lakes basin sierra nevada mountains california black and white photograph

Tarn, Rock, Peak. (Monochrome) Twenty Lakes Basin, Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

TarnRockPeak2006|10|07: Tarn, Rock, Peak. Twenty Lakes Basin, Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © "copyright g dan mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: lake tarn snow rock trail peak blue sky clouds twenty lakes basin sierra nevada california color  photograph

Tarn, Rock, Peak. Twenty Lakes Basin, Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

OwenSaddlebag2006|10|07: Owen Lee at Saddlebag Lake. Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: owen lee hiker backpacker fall sierra nevada mountains clouds yellow gold color saddlebag lake california color photograph

Owen Lee at Saddlebag Lake. Sierra Nevada. October 7, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

FallRedYellowBishopCr2006|10|01: Red and Yellow, Bishop Creek. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: autumn fall yellow gold aspens red leaves rocks bishop creek california sierra nevada color photograph

Red and Yellow, Bishop Creek. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

AspensFerns2006|10|01: Aspens and Ferns, Bishop Creek. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: autumn fall aspens ferns bishop creek yellow golden sierra nevada california color photograph

Aspens and Ferns, Bishop Creek. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

BishopCreekAspens2006|10|01: Aspens, Bishop Creek. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: autumn fall aspens bishop creek yellow golden sierra nevada california color photograph

Aspens, Bishop Creek. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

SabrinaMorning2006|10|01: Morning, Lake Sabrina. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: lake sabrina morning autumn fall aspen color clouds sierra nevade california color photograph

Morning, Sabrina Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

FishermanNorthLake2006|10|01: Fisherman, North Lake. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: fly fisherman north lake autumn fall colors golden aspens sierra nevada north lake california color photograph

Fisherman, Aspens. North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

A little something for visitors from TheTroutUnderground.

LastLight20LakesBasin2006|10|07: Last Light, Twenty Lakes Basin. Sierra Nevada, California. October 7, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: twenty lakes basin last light sunset twilight alpenglow clouds sierra nevada california color photograph

Last Light, Twenty Lakes Basin. Sierra Nevada, California. October 7, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

CascadeLakeMorning2006|10|08: Morning, Cascade Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: morning light cascade lake sierra nevada frozen water reflections north peak fog sand california color photograph

Morning, Cascade Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

ConwayAspenGrove2006|10|08: Aspen Grove, Late Afternoon. Near Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: aspen grove autumn fall color late afternoon light conway summit california sierra nevada color photograph

Aspen Grove, Late Afternoon. Near Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

NorthPeakBW2006|10|08: North Peak, Twenty Lakes Basin. Sierra Nevada, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: 20 Twenty lakes basin north peak sierra nevada california black and white photograph

North Peak, Twenty Lakes Basin. Sierra Nevada, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

AspenGroveConway2006|10|08: Aspen Grove. Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright "G dan Mitchell".    keywords: autumn fall colors aspen golden red yellow trees sunset conway summit sierra nevada california color photograph

Aspen Grove. Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

ConwayAspensPond2006|10|08: Aspens, Pond. Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: fall autumn colors aspens pond grass mountains sunset conway summit sierra nevada california color photograph

Aspens, Pond. Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

ConwayAspensBW2006|10|08: Sunset, Aspens. Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006.  © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: aspen grove sunset mountains conway summit california black and white photograph

Sunset, Aspens. Conway Summit, California. October 8, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

CarsonPassAspens2006|09|30: Aspens, Carson Pass. September 30, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: fall autumn aspen tree color mule ears carson pass california color photograph

Aspens, Carson Pass. September 30, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

SouthLakeDogwood2006|10|01: Dogwood Leaves. South Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: dogwood leaves autumn fall color red granite south lake california color photograph

Dogwood Leaves. South Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

RockGrassAspens2006|10|01: Rock, Grass, and Aspens. Near North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: aspen trees rock grass north lake sabrina basin autumn fall color sierra nevada california color photograph

Rock, Grass, and Aspens. Near North Lake, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

NorthLakeAspenGroveVert2006|10|01: Aspen Grove at North Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: aspen grove leaves north lake sierra nevada range autumn fall california color photograph

Aspen Grove at North Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

TwoAspensRock2006|10|01: Two Aspens and Rock. Near Lake Sabrina, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: two aspen trees and rock near lake sabrina california autumn fall color sierra nevada california color photograph

Two Aspens and Rock. Near Lake Sabrina, California. October 1, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

SunsetSabrinaOwens2006|09|30: Sunset Over Owens Valley. Sabrina Lake, California. September 30, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: sunset dusk alpenglow over owens valley sabrina lake sierra nevada california color photograph

Sunset Over Owens Valley. Sabrina Lake, California. September 30, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

MuleEarsHillSunsetBW2006|09|16: Field of Mule-Ears, Sunset. Near Tinker Knob, California. September 16, 2006. © "Cpyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: mule ears plants rock sunset tinker knob sierra nevada donner pass squaw valley black and white photograph

Mule-ears Leaves. Near Tinker Knob, California. September 16, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

MuleEarsSunset2006|09|16: Mule-ears Leaves. Near Tinker Knob, California. September 16, 2006. © Copyright "g dan mitchell".    keywords: mule-ears leaves dry autumn fall near tinker knob sierra nevada donner pass lake tahoe california color photograph

Mule-ears Leaves. Near Tinker Knob, California. September 16, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

LakeSixWildflowers2006|08|11: Wildflowers, Lake Six, Big Pine Creek. Sierra Nevada. August 11, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: wildflowers paintbrush lake six big pine creek sierra nevada california color photograph

Wildflowers, Lake Six, Big Pine Creek. Sierra Nevada. August 11, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

FirstLightTempleCrag2006|08|12: First Light, Temple Crag. Sierra Nevada. August 12, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: first light temple crag dawn sunrise lake four big pine creek sierra nevada california color photograph

First Light, Temple Crag. Sierra Nevada. August 12, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

TempleCragFourthLakeSunrise2006|08|12: Sunrise, Temple Crag and Big Pine Creek Lake Four. Sierra Nevada, California. August 12, 206. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: sunrise temple crag big pine creek lakes lake four #4 sierra nevada california color photograph

Sunrise, Temple Crag and Big Pine Creek Lake Four. Sierra Nevada, California. August 12, 206. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

MoonSetJigsawPassBW2006|08|10: Moonset, Jigsaw Pass. Summit Lake, Sierra Nevada. August 10, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: moon set moonset jigsaw pass sierra nevada range summit lake black and white photograph

Moonset, Jigsaw Pass. Summit Lake, Sierra Nevada. August 10, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

TempleCragBW2006|08|09: Temple Crag. Sierra Nevada Range. August 9, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: temple crag sierra nevada big pine lakes black and white photograph

Temple Crag. Sierra Nevada Range. August 9, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

DawnPalisadesFourthLake2006|08|12: Dawn light. Palisades Ridge and Big Pine Creek Lake #4. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 12, 2006. © "g dan mitchell".    keywords: dawn light palisades ridge big pine creek lake #4 mount sill north palisade mount bayley sierra nevada color photography backpacking

Dawn light. Palisades Ridge and Big Pine Creek Lake #4. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 12, 2006. © G Dan Mitchell.

ReadingFourthLake2006|08|09: Caroline reading at Big Pine Lake #4 - Mt. Sill, North Palisade, Palisade Glacier in the background. August 9, 2006. © Copyright "G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: Caroline woman reading book on rock big pine lake #4 sierra nevada backpacking camping outdoors mount sill north palisade glacier color photograph

Caroline reading at Big Pine Lake #4 – Mt. Sill, North Palisade, Palisade Glacier in the background. August 9, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

TempleCrag4thLakeSunrise2006|08|12: Sunrise, Temple Crag and Fourth Lake. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 12, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.    keywords: sunrise dawn temple crag fourth lake sierra nevada california color photograph

Sunrise, Temple Crag and Fourth Lake. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 12, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

DusyMornReflection2005|08|14: Dusy Basin, Morning Reflection. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 14, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Dusy Basin, Morning Reflection. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 14, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

DusyMornReflectionBW2005|08|14: Dusy Basin, Morning Reflection. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 14, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Dusy Basin, Morning Reflection. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 14, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

DusyDawnLakeRocks2005|08|13: Dawy, Dusy Basin. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 13, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Dawn, Dusy Basin. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 13, 2005. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

DusySunset2005|08|12: Sunset, Dusy Basin. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 12, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Sunset, Dusy Basin. Sierra Nevada Range, California. August 12, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

ConwaySummit2006|05|27: Sierra Crest. Conway Summit. May 27, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

Sierra Crest. Conway Summit. May 27, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

DusyDawnBW2005|08|14: Dawn. Dusy Basin. August 14, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Dawn. Dusy Basin. August 14, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

FallColorMonitor2005|10|08: Fall Colors. Monitor Pass. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Fall Color. Monitor Pass. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

CarsonAspensVert2005|10|08: Carson Aspens. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Carson Aspens. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

ConwayAspensNorth2005|10|08: Aspens. Conway Summit. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Aspens. Looking North From Conway Summit. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

FirstSnow2005|10|08: First Snow. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
First Snow. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

ConwayAspenSlope2005|10|08: Aspen Groves at Sunset. Conway Summit. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Aspen Grove at Sunset. Conway Summit. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

ConwayAspensVert2005|10|08: Aspen Grove. Conway Summit. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Aspen Grove. Conway Summit. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

SilverLakeAspens2005|10|08: Aspens near Silver Lake. Sierra Nevada, California. October 8, 2005. © Copyright "g Dan Mitchell".    keywords: aspens golden autumn fall color sierra nevada california silver lake carson pass hiway 88 color photograph
Aspens Near Silver Lake. October 8, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

ElleryLake2005|09|16: Ellery Lake. Tioga Pass. September 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Ellery Lake. Tioga Pass. September 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

ConwaySummitSunset2005|09|16: Summit. Conway Summit. September 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Sunset. Conway Summit. September 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

DuckPassLakes2005|08|06: Lakes Below Duck Pass. August 5, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Lakes Below Duck Pass. Mammoth Lakes area. August 5, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

BishopPassDescent2005|08|14: Descent from Bishop Pass. August 14, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Descent from Bishop Pass. August 14, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

DusyBasinDawn2005|08|14: Dawn in Dusy Basin. Sierra Nevada. August 14, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Dawn. Dusy Basin. August 14, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

AgassizWinchell2005|08|13: Mt. Agassiz and Mt. Winchell. August 15, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Mt. Agassiz and Mt. Winchell. August 13, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

DusyBasinPeakBW2005|08|13: Dusy Basin Peak. August 13, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Dusy Basin Peak. August 13, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

PurpleLakeMeadow2005|08|04: Sunset near Purple Lake. August 4, 2005. © Dan Mitchell.
Evening Meadow at Purple Lake. August 4, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Evening Flowers. Purple Lake. August 4, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
FlowersPurpleLake2005|08|04: Evening Flowers. Purple Lake. August 4, 2005. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: purple lake flowers grass sunset dusk alpenglow sierra nevada john muir trail california color photograph

Layered Cloud. Eastern Sierra Nevada. May 28, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
LayeredSierraCloud2005|05|28: Layered Clouds. Eastern Sierra Nevada. May 28, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Eastern Sierra Sunrise. May 30, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SierraDesertSunrise2005|05|30: Eastern Sierra Sunrise. May 30, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Desert and Eastern Sierra at Sunset. May 29, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SierraDesertSunset2005|05|29: Sunset. Eastern Sierra. May 29, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Sunset near Conway Summit. Eastern Sierra Nevada. May 27, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
AspenSunset2005|05|27: Eastern Sierra sunset near Conway Summit. May 27, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

LundyCanyonAspenRidge2004|09|26: Lundy Canyon aspens. September 26, 2004.
Lundy Canyon aspens. September 26, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MonitorPassAspens2004|09|29: Aspens. Monitor Pass. September 29, 2004
Aspen trees on Monitor Pass. September 26, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MtEmerson2004|08|13: Mt. Something - maybe Mt. Emerson? August 13, 2004.
Mt. Emerson? August 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

TrailOwensVirga2004|08|12: Virga over Owens Valley. August 12, 2004.
Virga over Owens Valley. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

ForestFloor2004|08|13: Forest floor near North Lake. August 13, 2004.
Forest floor near North Lake. August 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LamarckTrail2004|08|11: Lamarck Col trail above Upper Lamarck Lake. August 11, 2004.
Lamarck Col trail above Upper Lamarck Lake. August 11, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

VirgaAgassiz2004|08|12: Mt. Agassiz, Inconsolable Range, and virga. August 12, 2004.
Mt. Agassiz, the Inconsolable Range, and virga at sunset. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

HumphriesView2004|08|12: Mt. Humphries seen from ridge near Lamarck Col. August 12, 2004.
Mt. Humphries as seen from ridge near Lamarck Col. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

AgassizSunset2004|08|12: Mt. Agassiz at sunset. August 12, 2004.
Mt. Agassiz at sunset. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LowerLamarckLake2004|08|12: Sunset at Lower Lamarck Lake. August 12, 2004.
Sunset at Lower Lamarck Lake. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LamarckSunsetRocks2004|08|12: Sunset and rocks at Lower Lamarck Lake. August 12, 2004.
Mt. Agassiz, sunset and rocks at Lower Lamarck Lake. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LamarckColTarn2004|08|12: Tarn at Lamarck Col. August 12, 2004.
Tarn at Lamarck Col. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LamarckTarn2004|08|12: Lamarck Col tarn shoreline. August 12, 2004.
Shoreline of the Lamarck Col tarn. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MtHumphries2004|08|12: Thunderstorm over Mt. Humphries. August 12, 2004.
Thunderstorm building over Mt. Humphries. August 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

NorthLakeFlowers2004|08|13: Wildflowers near North Lake. August 13, 2004.
Wildflowers near North Lake. August 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

NorthLakeTreesBW2004|08|13: Trees near North Lake. August 13, 2004.
Trail to Lamarck Col near North Lake. August 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LoneTree2004|07|15: Lone Tree above Woods Creek. July 15, 2004.
Lone tree near Woods Creek on the JMT. July 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

TreesAndGrass2004|07|14: Grass and trees between Twin Lakes and Woods Creek. July 14, 2004.
Grass, trees, and rocks between Twin Lakes and Woods Creek. July 14, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MatherShootingStar2004|07|13: Shooting stars south of Mather Pass. July 13, 2004.
Shooting star flowers south of Mather Pass. July 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

TreesFlowers2004|07|16: Trees and flowers above Woods Creek crossing on the JMT. July 16, 2004.
Trees and flowers on the JMT above Woods Creek crossing. July 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

TreeAboveWoods2004|07|16: Tree above Woods Creek crossing on the JMT. July 16, 2004.
Tree on the JMT above Woods Creek. July 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

RedPinchotRocks2004|07|14: Red rocks and green meadow. South of Pinchot Pass. July 14, 2004.
Red rocks, tundra below Pinchot Pass. July 14, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

FlowerRockLichen2004|07|14: Flowers, rocks, and lichen. Pinchot Pass. July 14, 2004.
Flowers, lichen, and rock. Pinchot Pass. July 14, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

AvalancheZoneTrees2004|07|15: Tree trunks in avalanche zone above Woods Creek. July 15, 2004.
Tree stumps in an avalanche zone above Woods Creek. July 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

KearsargePostStorm2004|07|17: Ridge near Kearsarge Pass as the storm clears. July 17, 2004.
Ridge above Kearsarge Lakes as an afternoon storm clears. July 17, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

OnionTrail2004|07|18: What passes for a trail out of Onion Valley. July 18, 2004.
A very rocky section of the trail from Onion Valley over Kearsarge Pass. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

PinchotGlacialLakes2004|07|14: Glacial Lakes and Basin below Pinchot Pass. July 14, 2004.
Glacial Lakes below Pinchot Pass. July 14, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LeConte2004|07|11: Hiking in the evening in LeConte Canyon. July 11, 2004.
Owen and Caroline hiking in the evening in LeConte Canyon. July 11, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LeConteCanyonBW2004|07|12: Evening light in LeConte Canyon. July 12, 2004.
Late afternoon light in LeConte Canyon. July 12, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

RaeLakePeakFlowers2004|07|16: Late sun on peak above Rae Lakes with flowers in the foreground. July 16, 2004.
Evening sun and flowers above Rae Lakes. July 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

RaeLakesCamp2004|07|16: Sunset over campsite at Rae Lakes. July 16, 2004.
Rae Lakes campsite at the end of the day. July 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

DollarLakeFinDome2004|07|16: Fin Dome over Dollar Lake. Rae Lakes Basin. July 16, 2004.
Fin Dome over Dollar Lake in the Rae Lakes Basin. July 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

FinDome2004|07|17.jpg: Morning light on Fin Dome above Rae Lakes. July 17, 2004.
Morning light on Fin Dome above Rae Lakes. July 17, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

ThreeTreesWoodsCreek2004|07|15: Three trees at Woods Creek crossing on the JMT. July 15, 2004
Three trees at Woods Creek crossing on the JMT. July 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

BelowGlenPass2004|07|17: Below Glen Pass as the storm rolls in. July 17, 2004.
Descending from Glen Pass as the thunderstorms roll in. July 17, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

LateSunMammoth2004|05|30: Late afternoon sun on the Eastern Sierra near Mammoth. May 30, 2004.
Evening sunlight near Mammoth. May 30, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

SierraBalloon2004|05|29: Hot air balloon in the eastern Sierra. May 29, 2004.
Hot air balloon in the eastern Sierra near Mammoth, California. May 29, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

SierraSunset2004|05|30: Sierra sunset near Mammoth, California. May 30, 2004.
Sierra sunset near Mammoth, California. May 30, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

FourthRecessLake2003|08: Fourth Recess Lake. August, 2004.
Fourth Recess Lake. August, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

RocksStreamUpperPioneerBasin: Rocks and stream in upper Pioneer Basin. Sierra Nevada range. August 5, 2003.
Rocks and stream in upper Pioneer Basin. Sierra Nevada range. August 5, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

BearCreekSpireReflection: Bear Creek Spire reflection. August 3, 2003.
Bear Creek Spire reflection. Eastern Sierra Nevada. August 3, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

SierraCrestConvictLake: Sierra Nevada crest near Convict Lake with Owens Valley high desert in the foreground. May 26, 2003.

Eastern Sierra Nevada crest near Convict Lake and Owens Valley high desert. May 26, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

EasternSierraSunset2003|05|25: Eastern Sierra sunset near Mammoth. May 26, 2003.
Evening light over the eastern Sierra near Mammoth. May 26, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MinaretsBW2003|05|26: The Minarets from Minaret Summit. May 26, 2003.

The Minarets and Mts. Ritter and Banner from Minaret Summit. May 26, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

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Alaska Photographs

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EielsonView2002: View from the Eielson Visitor Center at Denali National Park. July 2002.
View from Eielson Visitor Center, Denali National Park. July 2002.

LynnCanalSunset: Sunset over Lynn Canal, Alaska.
Sunset over Lynn Canal. Near Juneau, Alaska.

DenaliCaribou2002: Caribou near Savage Creek. Denali National Park, Alaska. July 2002.
Caribou near Savage Creek. Denali National Park. July 2002.

DenaliSavageCreek: View from Savage Creek Campground in Denali National Park. July 2002.

View from Savage Creek Campground in Denali National Park. July 2002.

DenaliToklatRiver: Toklat River drainage in Denali National Park. July 2002.

Toklat River drainage in Denali National Park. July 2002.

DenaliView2002|07: Denali as seen from Denali State Park. July 2002.
Denali view from Denali State Park. July, 2002.
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Almaden Quicksilver County Park Photographs

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***About this page

You might wonder “why so many pictures of this park?” It is the closest decent hiking location to my home, so I go there frequently – often once a week. Although this park overlooks Silicon Valley (and even San Francisco on a clear day) and some trails are almost literally in the backyards of expensive Almaden Valley homes, there is a lot of great hiking here. (More info at http://www.parkhere.org/ and at Ron Horii’s Almaden Quicksilver web site.)

All text and photographs are © Copyright G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. Neither text nor photographs may be used in any form without explicit advance permission from G Dan Mitchell.

(Note: This now qualifies as a rather old page, but I’m keeping it around for the archives.)

***Photos of buildings at Almaden Quicksilver
– There is no escaping the fact that this was a mining site for many years (hence “Almaden Quicksilver County Park”), and I find the ruins historically and aesthetically interesting. A separate page (Almaden Quicksilver County Park Structures Photographs) contains photographs of these subjects.

Note: Additional photographs from this park are found here.

SpanishCampTreeSnag2007|04|15: New and Old Trees, Spanish Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales") keywords: new trees old tree trunk spring leavers spanish camp almaden quicksilver county park santa clara black and white photograph

New and Old Trees, Spanish Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

SpanishTownTrees2007|04|15: Trees, Spanish Town. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales") keywords: trees spanish town new growth grass rocks new almaden quicksilver county park santa clara california color photograph

Trees, Spanish Town. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. April 15, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

WebbGroveBW1007|03|17: Oak Grassland Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Hills, California. March 17, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak grassland webb canyon almaden quicksilver santa clara county park black and white photograph california spring

Oak Grassland Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Hills, California. March 17, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

WebbGroveHikers2007|03|17: Two Hikers, Oak Grove Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. March 17, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: two hikers oak grove near webb canyon almaden quicksilver county park grass trees spring central california color photograph

Two Hikers, Oak Grove Near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park, California. March 17, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

SCValleyBW2007|02|16: Santa Clara Valley Hills. Almaden Valley, California. February 16, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: santa clara valley hills oak trees fog grass sky almaden valley hills quicksiver park county california black and white photograph

Santa Clara Valley Hills. Almaden Valley, California. February 16, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

AlmadenHiker2007|02|16: Winter Hiker. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: winter hiker oak trees grass blue sky almaden hills quicksiver park santa clara county california color photograph

Winter Hiker. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

AlmadenFogOak2007|02|16: Oak Emerging from Fog. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © "Copyright G Dan Mitchell". ("sales")    keywords: oak tree emerging from morning fog almaden hills quicksiver park santa clara county grass california color photograph

Oak Emerging from Fog. Almaden Hills, California. February 16, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell. (Sales)

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Poison Oak Leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 14, 2006. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverLeaves2006|10|14: Autumn Leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 14, 2006. &copy: "Copyright G Dan Mitchell".    keywords: fall autumn leaves golden brown yellow almaden quicksilver county park san jose santa clara county california color photograph

Autumn Leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 14, 2006. &copy: Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

AlmadenRocksTreesGrass2006|03|18: Rocks, Trees, Grass. Almaden Quicksivler. March 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Rocks, Trees, and Grass. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

HamiltonSnow2006|01|18: Mt. Hamilton View. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Diablo Range Snow and Clouds. Almaden Quicksilver. February 18, 2006. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

OakArches2005|12|23: Arching Oaks. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 13, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Oak Arches. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 23, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

LastFallLeaves2005|12|23: Last Fall Colors. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 23, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Late Season Fall Color. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 23, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

SolsticeStormTree2005|12|21: Tree and Rain. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Tree and Rain. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

SolsticeTrees2005|12|21: Solstice Trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Solstice Trees. Almaden Quicksilver. December 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Prospect3Trail2005|02|26: Prospect 3 Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Prospect #3 Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

OakGroveFog2005|10|22: Oak Grove and Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 22, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Oak Grove and Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 22, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

MoonriseNearSenador2005|10|16: Moonrise Near Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Moonrise Near the Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

MtHamiltonFog2005|10|01: Mt. Hamilton and Santa Clara Valley Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 1, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Mt. Hamilton and Santa Clara Valley Fog. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 1, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverLeaves2005|09|02: September Leaves. Quicksilver Park. September 2, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell
Leaves Turning Colors. Quicksilver Park. September 2, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

AlmadenQSSunsetBW2005|07|21: Sunset. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 21, 2005. &copy Copyright Dan Mitchell.
Sunset. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 21, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.

CatherineMineSCVAlley2005|07|19: Santa Clara Valley from Catherine Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 19, 2005. © Copyright Dan Mitchell.
South Santa Clara Valley from Catherine Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. July 19, 2005. © Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Morning Light. Almaden Quicksilver Park. May 7, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
MorningLight2005|05|07: Morning light. Almaden Quicksilver Park. May 7, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Almaden Quicksilver Hillside. April 2, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HamHill2005|04|02: Almaden Quicksilver Hillside. April 2, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Spring Flowers. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewFlowers2005|03|13: Field of new flowers. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Fisherman at Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GuadFisher2005|03|13: Fisherman at Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. March 13, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Morning sun on oak trees and new grass. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SunOaksGrass2005|02|26: Morning sun on oak trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005.

New oak foliage. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewOakFoliage2005|02|26: New oak foliage. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 26, 2005.

Hillside near Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GuadTrees2005|02|12: Trees and Grass near Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Looking west from the ridge above Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell
SenadorRidge2005|02|12: Looking west from the ridge above the Senador Mine. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 12, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Oak and grass covered ridge near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 22, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
WebbRidgeGrass2005|01|22: Grass and trees on a ridge near Webb Canyon. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 22, 2005.

New Years Day. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewYearsDay2005|01|01: New Years Day at Almaden Quicksilver. January 1, 2005. Copyright Dan Mitchell.

Sun on a nearby ridge as rain approaches. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SunGrassTreesRain2005|01|01: Sun on nearby ridge as rain approaches. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005

Rainbow over Almaden Valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
RainbowAlmaden2005|01|01: Rainbow over Almaden Valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. January 1, 2005

Santa Clara Valley with San Francisco in the far distance. January 1, 2005. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SantaClaraValley2005|01|01: Santa Clara Valley with San Francisco in the far distance. January 1, 2005

Spur trail between New Almaden Trail and Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SpurTrail2004|12|15: Spur trail between New Almaden and Randol Trails. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004.

Trees and grass on a small ridge near the Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
TreesInSun2004|12|15: Trees and new grass on ridge near Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004.

Trees in morning sun at Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
TreeInSun2004|12|15: Tree in morning sun. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 15, 2004.

Fog in the Santa Clara Valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
AlmadenFog2004|12|11: Fog in the valley. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004.

Golden late-fall trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GoldTrees2004|12|11: Golden late-fall trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 11, 2004.

Oaks and fog on a ridge at Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 10, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
TreeRidgeFogA2004|12|10: Ridge, fog, and oaks at Almaden Quicksilver Park. December 10, 2004.

Trees and grass on the New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
AlmadenTreesGrass2004|12|04: Trees and grass on the New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004.

New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewAlmadenTrail2004|12|04: New Almaden Trail. December 4, 2004.

Bare branches, fall leaves, and new grass. Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 14, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SpringInNovember2004|11|14: Spring in November? Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 14, 2004

Peeling bark. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
PeelingBark2004|10|31: Peeling bark. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004.

Bay trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
BayTrees2004|10|31: Bay trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 31, 2004.

Green and brown leaves on the Deep Gulch Trail at Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 23, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
GreenBrownLeaves2004|10|23: Brown and green fall leaves on the Deep Gulch Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 23, 2004.

Oak tree near the Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaTrailOak2004|10|16: Oak tree on ridge near the Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. October 16, 2004.

Fall trees near the top of the Deep Gulch Trail at Almaden Quicksilver. October 16, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
DeepGulchTree2004|10|16: Fall trees near the top of the Deep Gulch Trail at Almaden Quicksilver. October 16, 2004.

Mountain Hamilton beyond Almaden Quicksilver ridge. September 18, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HamRidgeClouds2004|09|18: Looking toward Mt. Hamilton from Almaden Quicksilver. September 18, 2004.

Randol Trail #2. Almaden Quicksilver Park. September 3, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
RandolTrail2004|09|03: Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. September 3, 2004.

Almaden Quicksilver Park with Mt. Hamilton in the distance. August 28, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
MtHamilton2004|08|28: Mt. Hamilton from Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 28, 2004.

Randol Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 28, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
RandolTrail2004|08|28: Randol Trail. August 28, 2004.

Hacienda Trail oaks. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaOaks2004|08|21: Oaks on the Hacienda trail. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004.

Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaTrail2004|08|21: Hacienda Trail. Almaden Quicksilver. August 21, 2004.

Catherine Tunnel mine site. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
CatherineTunnel2004|08|07: Catherine Tunnel mine site. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004.

Lichen and Leaves on the Castillero Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
LichenAndLeaves2004|08|07: Lichen and Leaves on the Castillero Trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 7, 2004.

Mine Hill trail in evening light. July 28, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
MineHillTrail2004|07|28: Mine Hill trail below English Camp in the evening. July 28, 2004.

Fall colors near English Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 15, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverFallColor2003|11|15: Fall colors near English Camp. Almaden Quicksilver Park. November 15, 2003.

Rock, grass, and trees on the Woods Road trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 12, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverRocksTrees2004|06|12: Rock, grass, and trees on the Woods Road trail. Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 12, 2003.

Dry grass at Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 26, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverGrass2004|06|26: Dry grass on hillside at Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 26, 2004.

New Almaden Trail near Mockingbird Hill. April 18, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
NewAlmadenTrail2004|04|18: New Almaden Trail. April 18, 2004.

Rocks, grass, and trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. April 18, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
QuicksilverRocks2004|04|18: Rocks, grass, and trees. Almaden Quicksilver Park. April 18, 2004.

Another version of the oak-covered ridge near Webb Canyon. March 27, 2004.< Photo copyright Dan Mitchell./i>
OaksOnTrailAlt2004|03|27: An alternate take on this photo from Almaden Quicksilver. March 27, 2004.

Oak-covered ridge near Webb Canyon. March 27, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
OaksOnTrail2004|03|27: Oaks on grassy hill at Almaden Quicksilver. New Almaden Trail near Webb Canyon Trail. March 27, 2004.

Hillside near the Hacienda entrance to Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 13, 2002. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
HaciendaEntrance2002|08|13: Hacienda Entrance, Almaden Quicksilver Park. August 13, 2002.

Near the Hacienda entrance. March 20, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
SpringTrees2004|03|20: Almaden Quicksilver trees on the first day of spring. March 20, 2004.

Bridge on the New Almaden Trail, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. March 13, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
2004|03|13TrailBridge: Bridge on trail. Almaden Quicksilver County Park. March 13, 2004.

Trees and grass along Woods Road, Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 15, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
WoodsRoadTrees2004|02|15: Trees and grass on Woods Road. Almaden Quicksilver Park. February 15, 2004.

January flowers. January 31, 2004. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
FlowersBW2004|01|31: Flowers. Quicksilver Mines County Park. January 31, 2004.

Forested section of the Prospect #3 trail. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.
ProspectTrail2004|01|10: Prospect 3 Trail. January 10, 2004.

TreesGrassBW2003|12|27: Trees and grass on a ridge about Guadalupe Reservoir. Almaden Quicksilver Park. Dec. 27, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

2003|12|22ManzanitaFlowers: Manzanita flowers. Almaden Quicksilver County Park. December 22, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

GiantSeeds2003|11|28: Giant Seeds. Almaden Quicksilver. November 28, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

YellowLeaves2003|11|28: Autumn leaves. Almadem Quicksilver County Park. November 20, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

TwoLeaves2003|11|22: Two autumn leaves at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. November 22, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

RainLeaves2003|11|15: Fall leaves in the rain at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. November 15, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Lichen2003|11|15: Lichen on dead Manzanita. November 15, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Almaden Quicksilver early autumn leaves. September 28, 2003. Photo copyright Dan Mitchell
QuicksilverLeaves2003|09|28: Early autumn leaves. Almaden Quicksilver Park. September 28, 2003.

Almaden Quicksilver early autumn leaves in black and white. September 28, 2003.
2003|09|28BWFallLeaves: Fall leaves at Almaden Quicksilver park.

Sun Fog and Trees: Photo of sun, fog, and trees
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

New Years 2003 Quicksilver Mines Trees: Trees at Almaden Quicksilver County Park on New Years Day 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

New Years 2003 Almaden Quicksilver Trail: Trail above Guadalupe Reservoir at Almaden Quicksilver County Part on New Years Day 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

New Years 2003 Almaden Quicksilver Berries: Trailside berries at Almaden Quicksilver Park on New Years Day 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Quicksilver Diablo Range Panorama: Panorama of the Diablo Range from Quicksilver Mines County Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

Almaden Mine Feb 2003: Ridgetop mine at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. February 2, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

MarchShootingStar2003: Shooting Star at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, March 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverSpringFlowers01_March2003: Spring flowers at Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverSpringFlowers02_March2003: Spring flowers at Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

QuicksilverSpringFlowers03_March2003: Spring flowers at Almaden Quicksilver Country Park
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

WetSpringFlowersMay2003: Flowers in rain at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. May 3, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

OldHouseOnRidgeMay2003: Old house on ridge at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. May 3, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

WhiteLupineQuicksilverMay2003: White lupine on the Castillero trail near the ridgetop mine at Almaden Quicksilver Park. May 11, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

WhiteLupineFlower: White lupine flower. May 10, 2003
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

JuneFlower2003: June flower. Almaden Quicksilver Park. June 7, 2003.
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

FallenLeaves2003|08|28: Fallen leaves on Mine Hill road
Photo copyright Dan Mitchell.

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MapAlmadenMockingbirdLoop

MapAlmadenMockingbirdLoop

Map of loop starting at Mockingbird Hill Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Almaden Trail to Prospect #3; Prospect #3 to Ridge to English Camp; return via Capehorn Pass. 7.25 miles
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Dan's Trails

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

(Also see: Almaden Quicksilver County Park Photographs.)

Mockingbird Hill Entrance

***Mockingbird Hill to Bull Run and English Camp Loop
– This loop follows the New Almaden Trail to the Prospect #3 Trail, ascends Prospect #3 to the Ridge Trail, following it past Bull Run to English Camp, then down the Mine Hill Trail to the Capehorn Pass junction with the Hacienda Trail back to Mockingbird Hill. 7.35 miles.

MapAlmadenMockingbirdLoop: Map of loop starting at Mockingbird Hill Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Almaden Trail to Prospect #3; Prospect #3 to Ridge to English Camp; return via Capehorn Pass. 7.25 miles

***Description:
After the short climb from the parking lot on a wide trail, take the right turn onto the New Almaden Trail (unmarked on 5/3/03), a twisty footpath that drops into a valley and then ascends and descends past small creeks, turning northwest to traverse along the lower part of the ridge toward the Prospect #3 trail. Turn left at Prospect #3 (as most people apparently do, judging from the lack of wear on the straight-ahead trail) and ascend through grassland to the junction with the Randol Trail. Cross the Randol Trail to continue ascending through the grassy area, then enter tree cover and climb steeply before reaching the ridge and the junction with the Mine Hill trail. Turn left and follow the ascending trail (more of a road, actually) past Bull Run, following the right fork (Castillero Trail?) to climb to the high point (1400″+) on the ridge and pass the old mine site before descending towards English Camp. Turn left at English camp and descend to rejoin the Mine Hill Trail as it descends to the right. Follow the Mine Hill Trail until the Hacienda Trail junction and turn left toward Capehorn Pass (but don’t hairpin back to the left onto the Randol trail). Briefly ascend before dropping steeply back down to Mockingbird Hill.

***Highlights
– Good workout with a lot of early up-and-down hiking and climbing to over 1400′; the first part is on a narrow footpath, rather than on old dirt roads; fewer hikers on New Almaden Trail between Mockingbird Hill and Randol Trail junction; spring wildflowers and lots of running water in creeks on first part of hike; pretty valley before crossing Randol Trail; spring wildflowers on Prospect #3 above Randol Trail; early spring flowers in the woody area below junction with Mine Hill Trail. great views from ridge summit on Mine Hill and Castillero Trails (and from Catherine Tunnel lateral trail); pass the old mine site on Castillero trail (and great white Lupine display in late April-early May; visit English Camp site.

***Downsides
Not too many, but there can be an over-abundance of weekend mountain bikers on sections of Mine Hill Trail; many spots can be quite muddy right after rain.

***Variations
– This route can be the basis of some very long hikes at Almaden Quicksilver. I have extended it to about 13 miles as follows. Where the New Almaden Trail intersects with Prospect #3 Trail continue straight ahead (rather than turning left and up the hill to cross Randol Trail and reach the ridge on Mine Hill Trail). The first part of this trail can be barely visible in spring when the new grass is growing, but it soon becomes wider as it passes through large patches of poison oak and generally contours in and out of small drainages, climbing up and down quite a bit. The trail is very low on the side of the ridge and you’ll both see and hear suburbia just below. Eventually the trail arrives at a junction with the Mine Hill Trail coming from the McAbee Road entrance – approximately .7 miles down the trail to the right. From this junction you can try the Senador Mine trail, head down to Guadalupe Reservoir, or (as described here) turn left and head up the ridge toward Bull Run. The trail (actually a dirt road) generally ascends and eventually crosses the ridge to the drainage holding Guadalupe Reservoir. Continue ascending past the junction with the Randol Trail and up the rather steep climb to eventually meet the junction with Prospect #3. Continue to ascend on the Mine Hill Trail (as described elsewhere) to English Camp and then back down Mine Hill Trail and Hacienda Trail to the Mockingbird Hill entrance. The full loop is about 13 miles long.

Hacienda Entrance

***Hacienda Entrance to Bull Run/Catherine Tunnel via English Camp
– There are several variations on this hike. I’ll describe a semi-loop that begins at the Hacienda Park Entrance; ascends via the steep English Camp Trail; traverses to Bull Run and Catherine Tunnel via the Castillero Trail; and descends back to the Hacienda entrance via the Mine Hill Trail. Approximately 5.7 miles.

MapHaciendaBullRun: Map of English Camp Trail to Bull Run

***Description:
Starting at the Hacienda Parking lot ascend the old dirt road for about .4 miles to the intersection with the English Camp Trail. Turn left onto this trail and ascend steeply, mostly following the route of some power lines toward the ridge. Except for one very short section this trail climbs continuously and is sometimes quite steep – it is a good workout! Most of the trail is generally open to the south, making it a poor choice on hot summer afternoons. Shortly before English Camp the trail climbs through a narrow valley and S-turns through a steep section before the final climb to the site of the old settlement. Several building are found near the junction with the short lateral to the Mine Hill trial and others can be found a bit further off the trail. Follow the Castillero Trail (a dirt road) as if forks to the left here and ascends to mining structures at the junction with the trail to the Hidalgo Cemetery. (An outstanding patch of white lupine is found here in the spring.) Continue to follow the Castillero Trail as it gently ascends to the west and northwest, revealing views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. There are picnic tables at the scenic overlook (great views of Mt. Umunhum and Loma Prieta) at Bull Run, where our trail intersects the Mine Hill Trail. To return to the Hacienda Entrance via a different route, take the downhill fork onto the Mine Hill Trail past the site of the San Cristobal Mine (.1 mile lateral) past a slide area (may be closed during the wet season) to the lateral trail to English Camp. Continue downhill on the Mine Hill Trail, descending steadily to the junction with the Randol Trail and Hacienda Trail near Capehorn Pass. Take the right fork here (stay on the main trail) and descend about 3/4 mile to the junction with the English Camp Trail. Continue on the main trail for another .4 mile to reach the parking lot.

***Variations:
There are quite a few possible variations on this route – depending upon weather, trail conditions, desire for steep or not-so-steep hiking, and other whims. Here are a few possibilities.

  • Doing the trip in the reverse direction starts with a more gradual climb and ends with a steeper descent.
  • Take the un-named footpath that leaves the main dirt road just above English Camp. This takes you past another old mining site and tops out on the ridge at the Hidalgo Cemetery Trail about .1 mile below the trail described above.
  • In wet conditions the slide area on the Mine Hill Trail between Bull Run and the lateral to English Camp may be impassible. Avoid it by using the lateral trail between English Camp and the Mine Hill Trail. (Sometimes the “Trail Closed” sign is up on this section even when the slide area is not in bad condition, so you may want to check for yourself before believing signs.)
  • For a great view of Santa Clara Valley, walk about 100 yards past Bull Run and look for an unsigned footpath heading into the brush on the right side of the trail. Take this short lateral to the Catherine Tunnel site. Either walk through the cut in the ridge or around it to the right to find a scenic overlook.
  • Ascend and descend via the English Camp trail.

***Highlights:
Early in the morning you are likely to see deer on this route; if you are lucky you may seen a coyote. There are signs of wild pigs near the summit (especially near Catherine Tunnel) although I’ve never spotted them myself. This is a fairly direct route to the ridge with its excellent views – and it is a good workout. And, of course, you’ll see some of the best examples of the mining history of this park.

***Downsides:
There aren’t too many, but here are a couple to consider.

  • There can be a lot of mountain bikers on much of this route, especially on the Mine Hill Trail. You can minimize this problem by sticking to the English Camp Trail for the ascent and descent (bikes are prohibited from using this trail) and by using the footpath route above English Camp.
  • As mentioned above, the slide area on the Mine Hill Trail can be impassable during the wet season. Avoid it by sticking to the Castillero Trail for both the ascent and descent. Also be aware that the park rangers are often overly-zealous about closing this section of the trail. Warning signs are often put up when there is little or no danger in the slide zone.

Sanborn County Park

(Also see: Sanborn County Park Photographs.)

Sanborn-Skyline Trail

***Sanborn-Skyline Trails to Castle Rock State Park
– This out-and-back trail climbs from Sanborn County Park to the ridge just below Skyline Road and then follows the Skyline Trail paralleling Skyline Road to the entrance to Castle Rock State Park, from which it is a short .3 mile walk to Castle Rock.

MapSanbornSkylineTrail: Map of Sanborn and Skyline Trails to Castle Rock.

***Description:
As I write this (March 14, 2004) I have not hiked this trail often enough to have all of the details fixed in my mind. I used to hike it occasionally when I was younger – in fact I used to run it! However, today was the first time I have hiked it in several years, with the exception of a descent in poor weather perhaps 5-6 years ago. So, pardon the sketchy details.

The trail starts in the parking lot at Sanborn Park (parking fee $4 as of this writing). Head up across the nice lawn past picnics and family parties and ascend the somewhat steep one-lane paved road past the campground. Above the campground the road turns to dirt, crosses a small creek and starts an S-turn to the right. After a short distance you reach the upper curve of the “S” as the road turns back to the left, still ascending. Eventually the road ends at a turn around loop and the trail departs to the left, still ascending. (“Ascending” is pretty much the rule on this trail with only a few brief level or slightly descending sections.) As the trail continues uphill it enters thicker forest, eventually becoming thoroughly covered by trees – a real advantage on this difficult uphill hike, especially in warm weather. The trail passed though a section of redwood forest, including some very old stumps as it follows a creek. Above this the forest cover begins to thin a bit and before long you reach the junction with the Skyline Trail. Turn right and soon reach a set of wooden stairs on the left that rises to Skyline Road. Do not take the stairs; instead keep to the right as the trail mostly contours along below the road on the shady side of the ridge. Eventually the trail comes to the road at the junction with the short side trail to Indian Rock. Cross the road and continue a short distance to the right to reach the entrance to Castle Rock State Park. From the parking lot a short trail (.3 miles) ascends to Castle Rock. To return, reverse your steps. Total distances is about 8.5 miles round trip.

***Highlights:
This trail has several special attractions.

  • This is a great training hike for those working to develop trail climbing skills. The ascent to the Skyline Trail is virtually continuous, with several rather steep sections.
  • The trail passes through a beautiful (although once-logged) bit of redwood forest.
  • Castle Rock State Park is a worthy goal and adventurous hikers can make very long hikes by including hikes inside this park, such as Goat Rock or even the campground a bit more than three miles from the park entrance. Very aggressive hikers could put together a Sanborn to the Sea Hike.
  • After the first part of the hike, the fact that the trail is basically on the shady side of the mountain range and the prevalence of forest cover could make this a good hot-weather climb.

***Downsides:
There really aren’t too many.

  • Well, it is steep – but I regard that as an advantage.
  • The last section on the Skyline Trail parallels Skyline Road, so you will hear traffic.

Almaden to Los Gatos Grand Traverse

***Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve
– This long traverse travels 16+ miles from New Almaden over 2999′ El Sombroso to downtown Los Gatos

[map goes here]

***Description:
As I write this (December 20, 2004) I have just completed my first hike of this full route, so I don’t have all the details clearly in mind yet – and I don’t take notes on the trail! I know the portions within Almaden Quicksilver Park quite well, while my previous experience on the other portions ranges from some to none.

The following is based on the description of this hike I posted on my web site the day after I completed it for the first time. See: Almaden to Los Gatos Grand Winter Traverse, posted December 20, 2004.

When the Wood Road trail was officially opened at Almaden Quicksilver Park recently (rather, the parking lot at that entrance was opened) I realized that the trails in that park connect to trails in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and that it would be possible to do a long hike from Almaden to downtown Los Gatos. I suggested it to my backpacking friends Owen and Caroline a few weeks ago and we began to make plans.

This hike pretty much requires a car shuttle since the start and end points are so far apart. (It may be possible to access both ends via public transit, at least on weekdays.) We left my car in a free lot near the Los Gatos Creek Trail near downtown Los Gatos and then took Owen’s car up to the Hicks Road entrance to Sierra Azul. (We actually were planning to start here, serveral miles into the trip, due to limited time.) The signs there suggested that the gated parking might be closed at sunset, which is sooner than we would likely get back up there this time of year. We decided to drive on down to the un-gated Hacienda entrance parking lot at Almaden Quicksilver and start there instead. This had the disadvantage of adding several miles and 1000′ feet of climbing along with ensuring an arrival in Los Gatos after sunset. However, it did mean that we would have a chance at the full route afterall.

We started up the Deep Gulch Trail at about 10:30 a.m. This is the slightly shorter and a bit steeper approach to English Camp. From here we followed the Castillero Trail to the ridge and then turned left onto Wood Road and headed towards Hicks Road, arriving there about one hour and twenty minutes after we started. (This is the place where we were going to start until we discovered the gated parking and sunset park closing.)

We took a 5 minute break at this point and then headed into the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. The first part of this hike is mostly gentle up and down terrain on a wide dirt road, traversing beneath the old radar station on Mt. Umunhum and crossing frequent small creeks. Eventually the route begins the rather steep and exposed climb to the summit of 2999′ El Sombroso, about 6 miles from the Hicks Road entrance to the Open Space Preserve. (Thankfully, the first part hugs the canyon wall and is somewhat protected from the sun.) This looks like it could be a pretty miserably hot section during the summer months.

There are some pretty decent views from El Sombroso, but you need to look for them. At the high point on the trail a lateral takes off to the right towards power line tower. By following it to the second tower we found an overlook with a great view to the south and took a ten-minute lunch before heading back to the main trail.

From here the trail follows the top of the ridge, with the advantage of good views and the disadvantage of contant up and down to follow the ridgetop terrain. Soon there is a trail junction. The Bay Area Ridge Trail goes to the right and follows the ridge. Eventually this meets up with a trail that descends to intersect our route. We took the left fork onto the Limekiln trail which first descends fairly gently and then ascends a bit before arriving at a trail junction three miles later. Three trails converge here: the steep trail from the ridge arrives from the right, straight ahead is the Limekiln Trail, and another route goes left to Alma Bridge Road. We stuck to Limekiln since it also comes out on Alma Bridge Road, but closer to the dam thus reducing the distance that we would need to walk on the road.

Much of this section of the Limekiln Trail is essentially a wide single-track and under tree cover, with the notable exception of a very unsettling view into a quarry that is removing large parts of the hillside to the right. The trail eventually comes out on Alma Bridge Road, and a few minutes of road-walking brought us to Lexington Dam.

Here we picked up the jogging/cycling trail to downtown Los Gatos, arriving in near darkness at about 5:20 p.m. We were probably quite a site striding though downtown Los Gatos in our hiking gear, especially Owen who was using ski poles.

Statistics: The whole route is at least 16 miles long and perhaps a bit further. It starts at about 500′ of elevation. High points are about 1100′ higher on the ridge where we pick up the Wood Road trail and then about 7-8 miles later at 2999′ El Sombroso. The descent from here to Los Gatos drops perhaps 2700′-2800′ and is about 7+ miles long. By doing the trip in the oppposite direction, one could make it a “Breakfast to Dinner” hike. There are many places to get breakfast in Los Gatos and La Foret serves dinner in New Almaden literally steps from the end of the trail.

***Highlights:
This trail has several special attractions.

  • It is a very long hike that only crosses one little-used road.
  • In a word, “food.” If you go from Almaden to Los Gatos you can end your trip at any number of excellent restaurants in downtown Los Gatos while you rest your weary feet. Done in the reverse direction you could start with breakfast in Los Gatos and end with dinner at La Foret in Almaden, only a few steps from the trailhead.
  • Access is easy at both ends. Public transit access is possible.
  • There is plenty of climbing on this climb and great views from several ridgetop vantage points.
  • You probably will not see too many people in the middle section of this hike.

***Downsides:
There really aren’t too many.

  • Well, it is steep in places and long – but I regard this as an advantage.
  • Some mountain bike traffic, but this is generally not a major problem on these wide trails. You might encounter a few yahoos as you get close to Los Gatos.
  • This could be fairly miserable during summer in midday heat. Some sections facing directly into the full blast of midday sun. In particular, the climb to El Sombroso could be very nasty on a hot day.
  • You’ll need to walk for perhaps 10 minutes on Alma Bridge Road between the end of Limekiln Trail and Lexington Dam.
  • There is one very ugly open strip mine next to Limekiln Trail near the end. Avert your eyes.

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Flowers in rain at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. May 3, 2003
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Old house on ridge at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. May 3, 2003
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