I love hiking in Shell Ridge because the trails interconnect with so many others, allowing you to hike for miles and miles. It is never crowded.
You’ll forget you’re wedged between Ygnacio Valley Road and downtown Walnut Creek once you’re in the Open Space surrounded by native grasses, valley oaks, and gently sloping Mt. Diablo foothills. Marshall Drive dead ends at the trail head next to Indian Valley Elementary School. Follow the trail straight out as it gently dips and curves. Once you pass a bench on your left, be prepared for a steep ascent as the trail forks to the left. At the top, you can turn right and descend on a parallel path back the way you came in. If you turn left, the trail curves around the other side of the hill—with spectacular views of Benicia – ending back at Marshall Drive. If you’ve worked up an appetite, downtown restaurants are minutes away.