ElevationAscent: 130' 40 m
Descent: -127' -39 m
High: 1,344' 410 m
Low: 1,214' 370 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
Current trail conditions
Popular runs nearby
Rancho San Vicente Loop
8.4 mi 13.6 km • Loop • 672 ft Ascent 204.86 m Ascent
Singletrack Almaden Valley, CA( 3 )
Mount Umunhum Summit and Back
8.3 mi 13.3 km • Out and Back • 1,195 ft Ascent 364.28 m Ascent
Singletrack Almaden Valley, CA( 12 )
4.8 mi 7.8 km • Loop • 695 ft Ascent 211.92 m Ascent
Singletrack Lompico, CA( 4 )
Sierra Vista Preserve Loop
4.6 mi 7.4 km • Loop • 1,052 ft Ascent 320.5 m Ascent
Singletrack East Foothills, CA( 8 )
Grant View Loop
5.5 mi 8.9 km • Loop • 1,147 ft Ascent 349.73 m Ascent
Singletrack Alum Rock, CA( 5 )
Fremont Older Open Space Loop
5.6 mi 9.0 km • Loop • 928 ft Ascent 282.99 m Ascent
Singletrack Saratoga, CA( 8 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“This short loop off Mine Hill Trail that visits old mining sites.”— Joan Pendleton
April Trestle carried cinnabar (mercury ore) mining cars into, and out of, the April Tunnel that went deep into Mine Hill. The site of the old April Tunnel entrance is at the left (southeast) end of April Trestle. Mine Hill rises to its summit of 1,728 feet, from the site of the old April Tunnel entrance.
The April Trail continues on to April Trestle that is about .5 miles from the start of April Trail. After running next to April Trestle, the April Trail does a U-turn and runs along the hillside overlooking April Trestle that is a short ways below the trail. Towards the site of the old April Tunnel entrance, April Trail veers left at the steep hillside of Mine Hill.
The April Trail continues through the woods, on the hillside of Mine Hill that is to the right of the trail. Soon a small wooden structure comes into view. This is the restored Powder House. Blasting powder used to make the mine tunnels, shafts, etc. was kept in the Powder House.
After passing the Powder House, April Trail rejoins Mine Hill Trail about .1 miles past its start on Mine Hill Trail.
Run this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know, Runner Notes
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.
Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks