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611 triplogs
May 02 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.38 Miles 1,471 AEG
Hiking9.38 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.69 mph
1,471 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Nice day for a hike with temps in the low 70s, puffy clouds and a light breeze. Surprisingly I didn't see a lot of people out enjoying the trails with me. I managed to see a nice kingsnake, and the summer suite of birds seems to be firmly established.
The hills are much closer to the deep brown of summer than the verdant green of late winter.
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Apr 26 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.34 mph
1,156 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Nice warm day for a hike. I can tell that the sun is considerably stronger than it was a few months ago. The hills are really starting to turn brown now, but the wildflowers are still popping.
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Apr 19 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.67 Miles 592 AEG
Hiking4.67 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.64 mph
592 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Overcast and cool morning hike. I was not motivated to begin the hike, but it's never regrettable.
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Apr 18 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.72 Miles 1,614 AEG
Hiking9.72 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.64 mph
1,614 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Fun little lasso loop that incorporated Joaquin Hill (AKA Fossil Hill) and the entire Shell Ridge system. Lots of people out today, but not too many dumb dumbs hiking side by side. The hills are browning up pretty quickly, but the wildflowers are still popping.
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Apr 14 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.07 Miles 616 AEG
Hiking5.07 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.36 mph
616 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I took a new route up a social trail back up to the top of Quarry Hill and the Summit Ridge Trail after going up and over the former. The pollen is practically a food item at this point.
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Apr 12 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.59 Miles 616 AEG
Hiking7.59 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.90 mph
616 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 11 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking16.52 Miles 2,238 AEG
Hiking16.52 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.62 mph
2,238 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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It was good to get out for a good, long hike. I left my apartment at the crack of 11 to see how far I could get up towards the summit of Mount Diablo. I didn't expect to reach the summit, and indeed what I discovered is that reaching the very top from my pad would require quite about 6 more miles and a few thousand more feet of elevation gain than what I did.
It was a trip how the first half of the hike was cloudy and gloomy while the second half was in bright blue sunshine. The overcast disappeared with a snap. Welcome to California.
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Apr 09 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.31 Miles 667 AEG
Hiking5.31 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.90 mph
667 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 07 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.37 Miles 1,081 AEG
Hiking7.37 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.99 mph
1,081 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 05 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.60 Miles 316 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   3.22 mph
316 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 04 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.59 Miles 1,108 AEG
Hiking7.59 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.86 mph
1,108 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
The rain didn't get me until the last 2 miles from home, but no big deal!
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Apr 02 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.86 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.98 mph
647 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 01 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.46 Miles 848 AEG
Hiking6.46 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   3.13 mph
848 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Mar 31 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.22 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking4.22 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.81 mph
550 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Mar 29 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking10.04 Miles 1,634 AEG
Hiking10.04 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   2.71 mph
1,634 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Another hike from home. Gorgeous day to be out on the trails in spite of the cool and wet weather. It wasn't too wet, however.
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Mar 28 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.08 Miles 1,224 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.78 mph
1,224 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I hiked to Shell Ridge from my apartment. The dirt started at Howe Homestead Park where there were only 2 cars in the lot. It was nice to get a different perspective of Shell Ridge. The Shell looks a lot more impressive from its less prominent twin to the west. Seeing all of the shells embedded in the rocks on top of the western twin was the highlight of the day. Today was cool and a little wet, but the trail was in good shape.
Seeing a doe with three yearling fawns right at the beginning got me primed for another neighborhood adventure.
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Mar 26 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.65 Miles 861 AEG
Hiking4.65 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   2.97 mph
861 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Mar 22 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Lime Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.50 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.03 mph
890 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Partners none no partners
It's always a great time on Lime Ridge. I'm guesstimating on the mileage and AEG because my booty somehow managed to turn off my GPS for about 20 minutes when I was coming down Blue Oak Trail. The burned area is coming back slowly but surely.
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Mar 21 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mitchell Canyon LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.96 Miles 2,067 AEG
Hiking8.96 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.11 mph
2,067 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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What a wonderful yet challenging hike. See guide for more information.
I knew that a low-calorie Friday was a mistake as soon as I started going up the steep section. This one turned into a slog, but so so worth it. Photoset is coming in a few minutes.
This will hopefully not be the last time I visit the north side of Mount Diablo this spring.
Fauna
Fauna
Wild Turkey
Named place
Named place
Eagle Peak
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Mar 20 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.84 Miles 304 AEG
Hiking2.84 Miles      55 Mns   3.10 mph
304 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Woo hoo, Shell Ridge again. I needed a leg-stretcher after work.
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average hiking speed 2.67 mph
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