Walnut Creek Hiking Trails

Walnut Creek is a community located in Contra Costa County, California, United States, in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay district, about 16 miles (26 km) east of Oakland. With an estimated total population of 69,122, Walnut Creek serves as a gateway for its surrounding communities due to its position at the intersection of the Sacramento and San Jose (I-680) and San Francisco / Oakland (SR-24) highways and its BART accessibility. The vibrant downtown district includes hundred-year-old buildings and robust high-end shopping, hotel, and entertainment facilities.

Walnut Creek holds more open space per person in the state of California than any other city. In 1974, a $6.7 million bond measure was approved by Walnut Creek voters that allowed the city to acquire 1,800 acres (730 ha) of undeveloped hillsides, ridge lines, and park sites. Walnut Creek owns portions of the open space Lime Ridge, the open space Shell Ridge, the open space Acalanes Ridge, and the open space Sugarloaf.

Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area run in the East Bay Regional Park System, all in Walnut Creek. These are popular spots for hikers.

Aside from that, some other popular hiking trails in Walnut Creek are Shell Ridge: Twin Ponds Loop, Mount Diablo Lookout from Macedo Ranch Staging Area, Shell Ridge -Borgess Ranch Loop, Shell Ridge: Indian Valley to Borges Ranch and Ridge Top Loop, Ridge Top Trail to Briones to Mount Diablo Recreational Trail Loop, Kovar Trail to Ridge Top Trail Loop, Deer Lake Trail, to Ridge Top Trail, to Briones Regional Trail, Fossil Hill, Ginder Gap, Ridge Top to Summit Ridge Trail, Ridge Top Loop, and Borges Ranch to Castle Rock via Fairy Lantern. If you are looking for some adventure, you must visit these places.

Hiking, cycling around nature as a recreational sport. Hiking is a natural activity, particularly for those with sedentary jobs, which encourages physical fitness, is cost-effective and comfortable, and requires no special equipment. Because hikers can travel as far as they choose, there is no physical burden when they travel around mountains or hills.

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These amazing trails are located near the following must-see trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  • Shell Ridge Open Space
  • Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  • Lime Ridge Open Space
  • Heather Farm Park
  • Sugarloaf Open Space
  • Acalanes Ridge
  • Arbolado Park
  • Mount Diablo State Park

All of these trails are located just a short distance from our location in downtown Walnut Creek, Spaulding Concrete on Locust Street.