Shell Ridge Open Space (Starting from Rockspring Place)

August 17, 2014
Walnut Creek, CA
Hikers: Cathy, Laura
Distance: 7.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,347 ft.

I hate to say it... but this was a rather boring hike. Very little single track, mostly fire-roads in the wide open. Not much to look at but dry grass.

The only sign of wildlife that we saw today - snake skin near a hole in the grass.

Stopped off at Borges Ranch to have a snack. The most exciting part of the hike.

OK, two signs of wildlife - nothing live though.

Sulfur Creek comes out to the road; you pick up the Costanoan at the top of this road.

This is what most of the hike looks like.


Joaquin Ranch, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Coyote Pond*, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Borges Ranch, Foothills, Stonegate, Briones to Mt. Diablo, Borges Ranch, Costanoan, Sulfur Creek, Costanoan, Corral Springs, Ginder Gap, Joaquin Ranch. 

*Coyote Pond trail is about one-tenth of mile to your right (off of Joaquin) - unmarked. If you take it further up the trial off of Briones to Mt. Diablo trail where it is marked, as we did, it brings you back to the beginning - near your car. 

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