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April Trail

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This is a historical detour off Mine Hill Trail.


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0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Doubletrack

1,339' 408 m

High

1,214' 370 m

Low

126' 38 m

Up

121' 37 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Description

This short trail visits two historical sites from Almaden's old mining days. Its westernmost hairpin bend wraps around the ruins of April Trestle, a structure used for unloading cinnabar carts from the nearby April Tunnel (no longer visible). Close to the end of the trail is the restored Powder House, a former storage place for explosives used in mining.

The trail is a well-shaded doubletrack. Most of it, except for the area near the trestle, has been recently resurfaced with packed gravel and offers a smooth ride down and up. It's a good way to break the monotony of a grind up Mine Hill Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Vassili Bykov

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This is the view approaching the remnants of April Trestle on April Trail. Mining ore cars brought cinnabar (mercury ore) out of the April Tunnel at the left end of April Trestle.
May 18, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
April Trestle
May 17, 2018 near Almaden…, CA

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