Bob Pond Entrance
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Bob Pond Entrance
City: Walnut Creek
Park: Shell Ridge Open Space
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Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

Shell Ridge Bob Pond entrance


Starting at 9:30 am from Bob Pond is a moderate 6.5-mile 1400-ft hike with the option to extend it to 7.5 miles. There will be a short rest/snack stop at Walnut Creek's Castle Rock Park.

Route from Bob Pond is Borges Ranch Trail to Twin Ponds, right on the far side Twin Ponds Loop Trail to Bullfrog Pond, continuing uphill to Foothills Trail. Then left on Foothills Trail, left on Stonegate Trail to Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, continuing right on Fairy Lantern Trail, left on Stage Road to Castle Rock Park.

After a short rest/snack stop, return across the lawn and through the gate for left on Castle Rock Trail, right on Fairy Lantern Trail, continuing left uphill on Fairy Lantern Trail, right on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, right on Ridge Top Trail, right on Costanoan Trail. The short hike continues on Costanoan Trail to return to Bob Pond.

The long hike will turn left on Flat Top Trail, continuing right on Flat Top Trail, right on Hanna Lane Trail to return to Bob Pond.

Restrooms and water at Bob Pond and Borges Ranch. Dogs OK.

Contact: Howard   
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 548-8783


Trail Notes:

Bob Pond is about 0.1 mile before the road ends at Borges Ranch. There are many trails here which provide for a variety of hikes of varying length and difficulty.


Directions to Trailhead:

From 680 Fwy, take Ygnacio Valley Rd for 2.3 miles to Walnut Ave (not Blvd). Turn right and proceed for 1.6 miles to the traffic circle. Take 1st exit onto Oak Grove Rd and continue on Castle Rock Rd for 1.0 mile. Turn right onto the signed road to Borges Ranch and continue for 0.6 mile to Bob Pond parking area. From the east, take Ygnacio Valley Rd to Oak Grove Rd. Turn left and proceed for 1.0 mile to the traffic circle. Continue straight on Oak Grove and continue on Castle Rock Rd for 1.0 mile. Turn right onto the signed road to Borges Ranch and continue for 0.6 mile to Bob Pond parking area.

TrailHead Parking Fee: None
Other Fees: None

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The trailhead information on this page was last updated Thursday, November 30, 2017.