Saturday, January 5, 2019 • San Jose, CA • Course Map
Filled with more than 4,100 acres of green, grass-covered hills here in Northern California, Almaden Quicksilver County Park plays host twice during the year — in January and September — to the Hacienda Hills/Almaden Quicksilver County Park/New Almaden Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, one of a series of trail races hosted by Troy’s California Trail Runs, a series of more than a dozen races that take place throughout the year on trails and in parks around the state.
The New Almaden Haciendas Hills run is typically a small race — 80 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined at its January 2016 running. This race is ran on the challenging hills and trails of this park on the edge of San Jose’s Silicon Valley, which encompasses most of the mountain ridge known as the Capitancillos Ridge.
The park, which has a long history as a mining community and once was home to more than 1,800 miners and their families, today is a mecca for running, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as it is home now to more than 30 miles of trails, including just over 20 miles of equestrian trails and 10 miles of bike trails.
Runners will start the out-and-back course for the race at the Hacienda entrance on the eastern edge of the park, near the town of New Almaden, and follow an out-and-back course from there in a roughly clockwise loop through the park.
As they make their way along its hills — and runners will climb nearly 1,200 feet in elevation between the starting line and the peak elevation point of the race, between miles 5 and 6 — runners will pass along trails with names such as Deep Gulch, Wood Road, Castillero, Mine Hill and the Hacienda trail, before heading back around to the same park entrance where they started for the race finish.
Four aid stations will be located out on the course, and runners in the half marathon will start at 8:30 AM. If you’re ready for a trail race that will test your mettle, this could be the one — organizers say it is “very challenging” and yet also “very fun.”
Race Climate & Weather
Located in the hills just south of downtown San Jose in Northern California, Almaden Quicksilver Park lies adjacent to New Almaden, which typically sees temperatures in January that average between 42°F and 59°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Jan. 5), the average high is 58°F and the average low is 41°F.
- 2018 Hacienda Hills New Almaden Results
- 2017 Hacienda Hills New Almaden Results
- 2016 Hacienda Hills New Almaden Results
- 2015 Hacienda Hills New Almaden Results
- 2014 Hacienda Hills New Almaden Results
- 8:30 AM – all events
- $55 for the half marathon
- $50 for the 8.6-mile
- $45 for the 10K
- $40 for the 5K
- $25 for the 1.5-mile
- add $10 to register on race day
To reserve your spot in the January 2019 running of the Hacienda Hills New Almaden Half Marathon in Almaden Quicksilver County Park, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
Ever run in the Hacienda Hills Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments box below.