Shell Ridge Open Space is a great place to escape the city and take in some fresh air. It’s conveniently located just outside of San Francisco, but still far enough away to feel like you’re out in nature. One of the best things about Shell Ridge Open space is that it has a great, sloping trail system that’s perfect for all levels of hikers. Shell Ridge Open Space is also open to mountain bikes and horses on certain parts of the trails.
This open space was originally built as an artillery range by the U.S army during World War II, so keep an eye out for abandoned buildings when you’re hiking around!
It is recommended to visit Shell Ridge Open space any time between April and November because there are beautiful flowers blooming every month of year. However, you should avoid going on hot days because there is little shade at the place.
The park has been developed with safety in mind; there are plenty of trails that range from easy to difficult and two water crossings. There are also many wildlife viewing opportunities including deer, rabbits, coyotes, foxes, and even hawks!
It is a beautiful hiking spot that offers two peaks of varying difficulty. There are two different options for hiking: one on flat terrain and another where you can get up close with wildlife (which may include mountain goats!). There are also plenty of other activities available at Shell Ridge Open Space, including biking, bird watching, fishing, and picnicking. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
The hike starts at the parking lot and heads uphill for about 1.5 miles, taking you to your first peak, which is relatively easy to get to. Once you’ve reached this peak from the trailhead, it’s possible to continue another .8 miles on an unmarked path until you reach the second peak, which has some tricky rocky areas and steep inclines. If you’re interested in taking on this challenge (or just want more cardio), then head back down the way you came and keep going up until you see a fork in the road with signs directing hikers away from trails labeled as “difficult”.
It has one main parking area where you can park your car or bike if it isn’t too busy in San Bruno Mountain State Park.
If you’ve been looking for a great place to explore the outdoors with your dog, look no further than this off-leash park. Whether it’s just 10 minutes or 5 hours of hiking in some incredible scenery on one of our many trails, this is an unforgettable experience that will make both you and your pup happy! Remember, we offer free parking too. So grab a friend and come enjoy nature’s beauty at its best while exploring different terrain in this 6.5-mile loop that also offers views of mountain ranges!
Walnut Creek, California is blessed to have some of the area’s most beautiful and fun playgrounds for kids. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
- Pixieland Amusement Park
- Briones Regional Park
- Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
- Mount Diablo State Park
- The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
- Diablo Foothills Regional Park
All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our location located at 1261 Locust St #20 in Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!