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Wildflower walk in Shell Ridge Open Space - Bring your camera!

We have a leisurely walk with plenty of opportunity for viewing and photographing wildflowers and the insects that visit them.  We'll be on the north side of Shell Ridge Open Space mostly in the shade of blue oaks. The blooming season is later here and there are some different and rather spectacular flowers along the route.

Bill Hunt, Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation board president, will lead a 2.5 mile walk with a few hundred feel of elevation gain along the way. (Most at the start while it is cool.) We will be on wide service roads all the way with plenty of room for dogs. There will be a few poison oak plants near the road but they will be easy to see and avoid. If you stay on the service road, there is no danger. There will be good subjects for photos, space to work and plenty of time to look at the flowers and the views.

The walk begins at the Wiget Lane entrance to Shell Ridge Open Space. This is a pretty route under a canopy of blue oaks on the Upper Buck and Lower Buck Trails. We expect to see blue-eyed grass, blue dicks, yarrow, Ithuriel's Spear, tomcat clover lupine, nemophila, mule's ear and chinese houses.  We saw a single wind poppy on April 20 and expect to see more on our walk. We hope that mariposa lilies and clarkia will be in bloom in time for our walk.

Don't forget to wear comfortable hiking shoes, use sunscreen, and bring water. The hike will last until about noon and there are no bathrooms in the open space. Rain cancels the walks.

Driving directions: From downtown Walnut Creek at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and N. Main, drive out Ygnacio Valley Road approximately 2.0 miles to Bancroft/Walnut Avenue. (Not Walnut Blvd. which is much closer to downtown.) Turn right on Walnut Ave. and drive 0.9 miles to Wiget Lane. Turn right on Wiget Lane and drive to the gate at the end of the street and park near the end of the street. (Don't block the gate at the end of the street or driveways along the street.) There is plenty of room to park along Wiget Lane. The Wiget Lane trail entrance is on the left at the end of the street.

Shell Ridge Open Space map: http://wcosf.org/enjoy/maps/shellridgemap.pdf

Interactive Map of entrances to Shell Ridge Open Space:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=zY9HlfDGDRFc.kYrgS7WsDmuk

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  • Janet G.

    This was a great day in the field, starring Triteleia laxa but so much more taxa!

    May 10

  • Alice

    Great walk! Gorgeous and very informative. Thanks very much

    May 7

  • Alice

    Leaving Martinez now. May be a few min late

    May 6

  • BillH

    Looks like a cool morning for our walk. Consider bringing a light warmth / wind layer. We'll be in light shade most of the morning with enough light to take pictures. I'm looking forward to see everyone who signed up for the walk.

    May 5

  • Janet G.

    If anyone passes near Walnut Creek BART, can I ride along?

    April 24

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