This leisurely walk of about 2.5 miles will focus on viewing and photographing wildflowers and the insects that visit them. It is sponsored by the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation and will be led by Foundation members who will point out and identify plants and animals along the way.
We will be on 8 foot wide trails with plenty of room for dogs. There will be only a few hundred feel of elevation gain along the way with most at the start of the walk while it is cool. There may be a few poison oak plants near the trail but they will be easy to see and avoid. If you stay on the trail, there is no danger. We'll see good subjects for photos and have adequate time to look at and photograph 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.
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 19 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: