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Mine Hill Loop

Intermediate
 2.8 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A good workout on a three-mile climb with a quick return downhill to the parking area.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

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Singletrack

1,648' 502 m

High

481' 147 m

Low

1,174' 358 m

Up

1,173' 358 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Closed to bikes for a few days after a rain. Call the county trails hotline for closure info.

Overview

This ride is a short loop compared to the longer Mine Hill - Randol Trail loop. It's also the alternate route when Randol is closed in the winter. While the tread is easy, beginners usually hate the climb. But if you can get past the grade there are wonderful views of the mountains from the Castillero Trail. Be on the lookout for an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers.

Need to Know

Keep in mind that rangers do enforce the 15 mph speed limit, so watch your pace.

Description

The entire route is on county park dirt roads that provide a challenging climb and fantastic views! At the top of the loop, all the climbing is rewarded with a long downhill run.

Start on the Mine Hill Trail, pedaling all the way out to the Castillero Trail. Turn left and loop back east towards the intersection with Mine Hill Trail. Retrace the route back to the beginning.

History & Background

This trail encircles Mine Hill and there is plenty of evidence of the old mining days. Off Castillero there is a resort and a few buildings left at English Town.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

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  2.8 from 6 votes

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Photos

At the Bull Run.
May 11, 2016 near Lexingt…, CA
The highest point of on the alternative route through Castillero Rail. It is marked with nearby fire host stand.
Jun 20, 2016 near Lexingt…, CA
A view of Mt Umunhum from the Castellero Trail.
Apr 7, 2014 near Lexingt…, CA
Looking NW toward the hills of San Francisco in the far distance.  Castellero Trail.
Apr 7, 2014 near Lexingt…, CA
Good spot for a break with a view. Along the ridge line of Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
Oct 14, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Climbing up Mine Hill Trail below Cape Horn Pass.  Most of the trail is shaded.
Apr 7, 2014 near Seven T…, CA

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