Shell Ridge - Borgess Ranch Loop

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Shell Ridge - Borgess Ranch Loop is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

Shell Ridge Open Space is a great spot for trail running or mountain biking. These trail weave through some fascinating geological terrain,

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

trail running
22 days ago

Best for Trail Running! This trail is all dirt with minimal rocky patches. Rolling hills was able to sprint the downhills with no fear of rolling an ankle or hitting a hard rock. The ground felt cushioned beneath my feet. Scenery is rolling hills with chaparral oak trees scattered throughout. No shade so wear sunblock. Pretty fun trail. Came out to 4.97 miles on my Nike+ GPS tracker.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, moderate, lots of wide fire trails or you can take off on a single-track. Lots of alternate routes you can take here.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

The trail was closed at Borges Ranch and I had to turn back the way I came..

Also there isn't a lot of shade cover so I recommend sunscreen.

Lastly, There is an Elementary School at the trail head so traffic is crazy at 2:30 on a weekday. Plan accordingly.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike! Can keep it easy and stay on the main trail or make it hard and climb up to the top of the ridge. Lots of different trails. Little muddy in the shaded spots.

3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. A good easy-moderate hike. A bit of a workout but not too hard. And you pass through Borgess Ranch where you can see and pet animals! Kind of muddy in places after all the rain but very green!

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful views and first time around was easy to hike and to navigate and did I mention the views? The sky's are big and wide from the top of the hill. Can't wait to try this trail in the spring.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Avoid in rainy days.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail. Decent hike. Scenic. Avoid if it rained recently or if you are going to do it anyway, make sure you wear good trekking shoes. It was muddy when we visited as it rained on three previous day.

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
9 months ago