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Shell Ridge Open Spacewalnut creek logo

City of Walnut Creek

Jun 27-29, 2014


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Project Background

Trail Description

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed


Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool. We have set up a Meetup group to enable carpooling for this project, so if you can pro- vide a ride or if you need one, RSVP at

VOCal will provide limited shuttle service to and from the Walnut Creek BART station. The VOCal shuttle (orange VOCal sign in the front windshield) will leave from the Station Entrance on the west side of the sta- tion, near the taxicab line-up, to return to camp at the following times. Friday evening, 6:45 and 8:00 pm; Saturday morning, 6:45 and 7:25 p.m. Arrange your return trip with the shuttle driver or Camp Manager.

Driving Directions

Address: 1035 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Approximately 1/2 mile past Northgate High School.

From the West:: Take Hwy 25 east to Walnut Creek. At the Hwy 680 junction, watch for and take the Ygnacio Valley Road exit. Turn right onto Ygnacio Valley Road.

From the South: Take Hwy 680 north to Walnut Creek. Continue on HWY 680 north just past the Hwy 24 junction, and take the first exit for Ygnacio Valley Road. Turn right onto Ygnacio Valley Road.

From the North: Take Hwy 680 south to Walnut Creek. Exit at North Main Street, and go south on North Main about 0.8 miles to Ygnacio Valley Road. Turn left onto Ygnacio Valley Road.

ALL DIRECTIONS - ONCE ON YGNACIO VALLEY ROAD: Go east (away from Hwy 24) about 3.8 miles to Walnut AVE. (NOT Walnut BLVD, which you will cross). Turn right on Walnut Ave. Go 1.9 miles to a traffic circle at Oak Grove Rd. Exit the traffic circle onto Oak Grove Rd. (the first right off the circle). Oak Grove turns into Castle Rock Road. Go 1.0 miles from the traffic circle (you will pass Northgate High School). Watch carefully on the right for a small road and a sign to Old Borges Ranch (near a mailbox). There is also a larger Ranger Station sign. Turn right on the small road and go 0.75 miles.


Preliminary Schedule
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
    POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
    SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
    TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
    SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

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