Shell Ridge: Twin Ponds Loop

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Shell Ridge: Twin Ponds Loop is a 7.3 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 are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1476 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Shell Ridge is close to home for me, so I've been here a lot, ever since I was a kid with my mom. I usually park at Indian Valley school and go from there. Lots of alternative routes you can take in here from fire trails to single-tracks.

4 months ago

4 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

Still very muddy. Some nice views up on the ridge. Most of the trails on this track are single track and mountain bikes are not permitted, so I suggested an edit to remove that activity. The trails are very overgrown after the rainy season. I would wear long pants.

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike in the winter - very green. Need long pants, at least on this trail and in the winter - cant believe how high the grass has grown. In the Summer very dry and dusty but in March - green & great. Keeping it from a 5 - on parts of the hike you can hear the highways in the distance - not bad - but noticeable. Also a little crowded for me - not Mission Peak crowded but few more people than I like.

walking
5 months ago

Great place to walk. Watch out for rattlesnakes though! Also be sure to bring lots of water! This is a pretty big loop and lots of hills

hiking
5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

Great trail and so green now, trail is even grown over but it makes for reduced impact when running. Don't expect to speed through it because there's a good amount of climbing, it's a good mix of climbing/downhill/flat and running on the top of the ridge was awesome.

walking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great easy/moderate hike. Went about 45 min in and the same back out. Not very many people. Beautiful rolling hills, oaks, and rocky edges.

7 months ago

9 months ago