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108 La Casa Via, Ste 102, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Shell Ridge Open Space

1035 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Located in the heart of Walnut Creek, continuing all the way to Mount Diablo from a short distance downtown, this space of 1420 acres is replete with myriads of looping trails (31 miles of trails) where you can walk for as long or as little as you want. 

This system of trails, contiguous with Castle Rock Regional Park and Diablo Foothills Regional Park,  is a fusion of flat and elevated topography. It is beautiful all year round, especially during fall through late spring. The ridge trail will allow you profoundly appealing views and there is a beautiful shady walk down, along the stream bed. 

Hiking to Borges Ranch (a historic cattle ranch which is a brief detour on the right from the Briones Mount Diablo Trail which, again, is a rolling and well manicured hill fire road) or mount Diablo State Park also seems like a viable choice. You can start at the Marshall drive entrance and hike up the ridge and, if it’s too steep for you, alternative trails are always at your disposal. 

Named after the remnant marine fossils from the ocean that once covered the area, it is perhaps the city’s largest open space area. A series of parallel valleys and ridges cover this park. And, amidst the scenic landscape, it also houses Howe Homestead Park

This large, open space is brimming with trails for hiking, riding, wildlife sightings (ground squirrels, coyotes, foxes, deer, bobcats), biking on the lower flanks of Mount Diablo especially through grassland savanna and oak woodlands. 

Shell Ridge is home to, at least, ten moderate trails ranging from 2.7 to 11.3 miles and from 141 to 908 feet above sea level with paths snaking off every which way, but all well marked. It is here that every trip can unveil a mystery - ravines, subridges and rolling foothills make for beautiful views.

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Often overlooked by out of towners for its location, raptor sightings here are high - peregrine falcons, prairie falcons, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks. You can easily craft a 3 mile loop from the trailhead at Hanna Lane that covers 400 feet and emerges out at Shell Ridge and the Ridge top trail. Also, given that you're so close to Mount Diablo, you must hike to the vertically challenging trails here. 

If you aren’t too inclined towards that, and are simply seeking a nice jaunt in the foothills, Briones Regional Park can be your perfect destination. Other highlights of the region include the expansive views of the Walnut Creek Concord Danville area and the looming boulders housed at Castle Rock. In addition to a horde of housing tracts, this place is brimming with a greenery which is a treat to the eye. 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

 

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

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