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Beat the Heat & Hike the Suburban Interface in Walnut Creek Open Space

July 7 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join Save Mount Diablo for a great hike in our backyard.

We’ll get an early start at Howe-Homestead Park, 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 plenty of water, a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.

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

GPS Coordinates: 37.90049779855997, -122.04792515396417

Directions: From Interstate 680, take Ygnacio Valley Road, then turn right onto Walnut Blvd.

Photo by Steve Balling


Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo hikes?

No. Some Discover Diablo hikes take place on land owned by other organizations (such as Mount Diablo State Park & East Bay Regional Park lands) and many of the trails on these properties have a strict no-dog policy.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. On the hike day, we will have a roster with your registration information on it. Please make sure to check in with the hike leader.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. If you would like to change anything, please reach out to discoverdiablo@savemountdiablo.org.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at discoverdiablo@savemountdiablo.org.


July 7
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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Howe Homestead Park
2950 Walnut Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States

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