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Twin Ponds Loop Hike – Shell Ridge

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End of Rockspring Place

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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Though largely dry in September, this lovely, winding creek drainage and its ponds continue to provide moisture and shade. This hike in the Walnut Creek Open Space borders Foothills Regional Park, and we’ll take a brief detour for a glimpse of Mount Diablo, which rises above both. Be sure to dress in layers and wear sturdy boots or shoes; bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a snack.

RVSP: To allow everyone equal access in signing up, registration for this hike will open two months prior to the hike.

Land: Walnut Creek Open Space

Rating: Moderate

Distance: 3.2 miles

Elevation change: 511’

Leader: Save Mount Diablo Hike Leader Jean Vieth

Meet: At the gate at the end of Rockspring Place in Walnut Creek. There is ample street parking along Rockspring Place, but there are no restrooms.

Directions: Traveling north on I-680, take exit 44 for Rudgear Road; turn right onto Rudgear Road. Turn left onto San Miguel Drive, right onto Mountain View Blvd., right onto Walnut Blvd., and left onto Rockspring Place. The distance from exit 44 to the gate at the end of Rockspring Place is less than 3 miles.

Traveling south on I-680, take exit 45A for South Main Street; turn right onto South Main Street. Turn left onto Rudgear Road, left onto San Miguel Drive, right onto Mountain View Blvd, right onto Walnut Blvd., and left onto Rockspring Place. The distance from exit 45A to the gate at the end of Rockspring Place is a little more than 3 miles.

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