Kovar Trail to Ridge Top Trail Loop

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Kovar Trail to Ridge Top Trail Loop is a 5 mile loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1000 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Undulating hill views and an expansive valley unfold in the foothills of Mt. Diablo at Shell Ridge Open Space Park Kovar, Ridge Top, and the Briones - Mt. Diablo trails are the heart of this trip from the western edge of Shell Ridge Park in Walnut Creek Open Space in Contra Costa County. This is a highly scenic, friendly feeling park that blends rugged and gentle terrain in one package, leading towards Mt. Diablo wildlands from this lesser used entrance. This route covers an approximately 5 mile round trip loop: the open undulating hill views and level valley trails bring both challenging climbs and easy paths together in one venture. Views from the high Ridge Top Trail can be breathtaking, especially in a blanket of Spring greenery or Autumn gold.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

The very last part of the Ridge Top Trail part of this loop was fenced off, so had to double back and take the bypass trail. Apart from that great hike and phenomenal 360 views from the ridge top.

hiking
26 days ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail, strenuous at times. Excellent views to go with a nice workout.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

This was a phenomenal trail! Breathtaking (both from the steepness and view) when you step onto the top of the ridge and have 360 degree views. The only part I didn't like was the paved road that brings you off the ridge if taking the loop in a counter clockwise direction. I will definitely be taking this trail again.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great rewards! I started this trail at a Howe Homestead park. Right from the start you have a nice up to get your heart racing. Once you get past the houses and to the top of the first ridge you can stay on top of the ridge to the left, or continue down The trail, which I did. Eventually, staying to the left I took the Shell Ridge Trail. The beautiful views all around me was well worth the non stop ups! I stopped and turned around after I got to the top of the third ridge. I was on a time limit that day and wasn't sure I had enough time to finish the loop. I will hike this trail again, maybe from a different starting point. I was told by a local that a few of the ladies in the Howe Park were responsible for the open space. Also, these connecting trails will take you from city land to county land to state land if you have the time to walk it! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Kovar trail is mostly uphill and then you drop down into Indian Valley and head back uphill to Ridge Trail. It's a great hike/run if you're training hills but not much shade so plan for that. All the uphill is worth it because running on top the hill on Ridge trail is really cool.

hiking
Friday, September 30, 2016