Beat the Heat Hiking the Suburban Interface with Local Open Space

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We’ll start at Howe Homestead, the little gem of a park in Walnut Creek, and follow the Kovar Trail into Shell Ridge Open Space, where we’ll watch the morning become day. The hike transitions from a narrow green corridor in the suburbs to the expanses of Mt Diablo foothills. This lollipop hike is about three miles long with mostly gentle grades. Parking and bathrooms are available at Howe-Homestead.

Be sure to bring a mask, plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.

Participants will be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).

This event is limited to 30 participants.

Land: Walnut Creek Open Space

Rating: Easy/Moderate

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation change: 200’

Leaders: Steve & Carolyn Balling, Save Mount Diablo Hike Volunteers

Meet: Howe Homestead Park, 2950 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596