Is your pup itching to get out in the great outdoors? Then the rolling hills of Shell Ridge Open Space is beckoning. Sprawling across 1,420 acres, this slice of nature is the pawfect spot for a casual afternoon stroll. It also has enough hills to get your dog’s heart rate pumping. Sitting near the base of Mount Diablo, Shell Ridge provides great views of the beloved peak.
With hundreds of acres of terrain and 31 miles of trails, you can imagine there almost endless routes for you and your pooch to explore. If you are a first time hiker in Shell Ridge, it is recommended that you take a map. There are several access points to the open space. If you begin from the small barking lot on Sutherland Drive, be sure to check out Fossil Hill Trail. It winds through beautiful countryside and passes Indian Valley Pond. You can also begin at the Borges Ranch Run barking lot and take the Borges Ranch Loop. It’s about five miles, so your furry pall will get plenty of exercise. If you choose this trail, just beware that there are cattle grazing in the area.
The best part about this place is that dogs are able to roam around off leash. However, they must be under voice control and they are not allowed to harm or harass the local flora and fauna. Since there is minimal shade on the trail, try to visit the open space in spring, fall, or winter. Not only will you avoid the heat, the rainy off season makes the area bright green and full of wildflowers.
Restrooms and water supply are limited, but can be found
at Borges Ranch. Be sure your water bottles are full to the brim before
embarking on your adventure. Don’t forget to bring clean up bags and pick up
after your pooch. No bones about it, your pup will go mutts over Shell Ridge