Shell Ridge weekday hike, about 5.5 miles

This will be an exploratory hike; I haven't been to Shell Ridge before. There are supposed to be some fossil beds there, but I'm not sure if we'll see them. But we'll be bound to have a nice time . And we'll get out on a weekday.

We'll hike about six miles, with about 1,200 feet of climbing. We'll hike at a moderate pace; no one left behind but probably a bit faster than our usual pace (but still not jock pace). You can see the route here: ridewithgps.com/routes/[masked]

No charge for this hike.

I'll likely be biking from Walnut Creek BART (about three miles). If you'd like to meet me there, we can ride over together. Leave a message in your RSVP if you want to ride, or if you need a ride/can offer a ride from Walnut Creek BART.

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  • Denise C

    Great!

    April 3, 2013

  • Bill M.

    It was a superb hike and the weather couldn't have been better. Wildflowers, LOTS of new greenery; grasses, oaks, rich peoples' backyards, pond turtles sunning, spectacular vistas; NSE&W. A comfortable paced walk with lots of time to take in scenery plus a visit to the Borges Ranch. Lee scored big on this hike: Joe-Bob says check it out!

    April 2, 2013

  • Lana

    Martin,
    I might not be able to make it. I'm having trouble with my back. If I'm not there when everybody else has arrived don't wait for me. Thanks.

    April 1, 2013

    • Martin

      Lana, sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon.

      April 2, 2013

    • Lana

      Thanks. I really wanted to see those fossils.

      April 2, 2013

  • JoAnne T

    So sorry to cancel at the last minute but I woke up with a bad cold

    April 2, 2013

  • Martin

    Lin, Lana, I live in Walnut Creek and can swing by the WC BART station en route. Let me know what time to be there. There's a train East-bound that arrives 9:29 and at 9:44.

    Lee, I have some local knowledge including a couple of shadier-contour friendly alternates that maintain the overall loop.

    March 30, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Martin, I think Bill and I will be there at 10:30. If he's up for a carpool instead of riding over, we'll join you if you have seats left. I'll look for you either way :-)

      April 1, 2013

    • Martin

      Looks like we'll have room. Will be at BART at 9:30 in the pickup lane.

      April 2, 2013

  • Will

    Last minute plans came up, have fun and see you soon!

    April 1, 2013

  • Bill M.

    I'd like to bike with you from the W.C. BART but need more details.

    March 27, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Bill, I just checked, and yes, 9:15 is too early for me as well, but the 9:30 is 'bike legal.'

      April 1, 2013

    • Bill M.

      Yup!

      April 1, 2013

  • Martin

    All, I provide rides to/from WC BART for up to 6 people, as I'll bring my blue minivan. Let me know so I don't leave anyone behind.

    April 1, 2013

  • lin g.

    Unfortunately, plans changed. Hope to make it to one of the next ones soon.

    April 1, 2013

  • Bob H

    FYI,there's a small (very) quarry on the hill to the left of the trail entrance. Start around the hill on the fire trail and then head up the deer-path like trails (not directly up from gate). Lots of shell bearing rock there. Quarry faces away from parking lot. There should also be quite a lot displaced from that hill as you go around that left turn, on or quite close to the fire road.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • lin g.

    I'd like to take BART from SF to Walnut Creek. Any chance I could get picked up, and if so, what stop and what time.

    March 29, 2013

  • susanne

    It sounds like a really fun outing. Please do more of this type in the future!

    March 27, 2013

    • Lee T.

      I teach high school, so I'm only free weekdays during breaks, but will try to do more during the summer :-)

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long do you think this hike might take? I have an appointment off of Ygnacio Valley Road at 2 PM?

    March 27, 2013

  • Lana

    I need a ride from the Walnut Creek BART station, can help with gas.

    March 27, 2013

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