Shell Ridge - Borgess Ranch Loop

MODERATE 55 reviews
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Shell Ridge - Borgess Ranch Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked 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.

4.8 miles
610 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

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

2 months ago

Nice and close to town.

trail running
8 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months 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.

11 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.

11 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!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Avoid in rainy days.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

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.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great Hike!! Easy, except the first 2 miles are all Cow trodden but give the ankles a good work out! Great views of Mt Diablo.

mountain biking
Friday, February 12, 2016

It's a nice fire road trail, however, this time a year roads are trample by the cattle and rough to ride.
Place offers good climbing and downhill fun!!!

mountain biking
Sunday, March 23, 2014

This is one of my favorite rides! Mostly uphill until you reach Wall Point Road then you get down hills reminiscent of a roller coaster ride until you level off at Stage Road. Once you reach Stage road you will cross pine creek several times before you cross back over the ridge and return to the tail head. I ride my bike to the trail head from my house using the Yngnacio Canal Trail by John Muir Medical Center and often ride back to the Yngnacio Canal Trail via Castle Rock Road. I do not recommend this ride if conditions are muddy or extremely hot.

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