City: Walnut Creek Park: Shell Ridge Open Space
This is a 7 mile loop hike on Shell Ridge, starting from almost downtown Walnut Creek at 10:00. About 500' of elevation gain. No services at the start, but all at the mid point. Hike is mostly sun. From 680, take Ygnacio Valley east one mile to Walnut Blvd. Right turn and 1/2 mile to Howe Homestead Park on the left.Contact: Andrew Kincaid
For hikers, the six-and-a-half acre Howe Homestead Park is next to the Shell Ridge Open Space preserve. Hikers can start on the Kovar Trail and walk to the crest of Mount Diablo 10 miles away.
From 680 South or 24 East, exit at Ygnacio Valley Rd. and go EAST (turn RIGHT), traveling 0.9 miles to Walnut Blvd. Turn right and go 0.6 miles to the park on your left.
If you are coming from the east, take Ygnacio Valley Road eastbound and be careful not to take Walnut Ave. It doesn't go anywhere near the park. Walnut Blvd. is very close to the pedestrian overcrossing at Civic Drive. Turn left onto Walnut Blvd. Homestead Park will be on your left shortly after crossing the intersection with Homestead Avenue.