Gad, what a morning marking the trail…..it started out well, then Shep had an excursion going after a coyote. Got him back, we head on the foothill trail towards Livorna. They have now put a gate where the single track on the right goes down to Benham. That is nice, makes easier to notice arrows going there. At the bottom took single track on the right, a little overgrown but not bad and THEN, a barbed wire fence across the trail. No gate only way past is to crawl under. This is not good. We crawled under and then as the trail bends there is still a very muddy stream. Tried to find place to cross, none, shoes got covered in gooey yucky mud. Thought, maybe this is not the route for the dirt dogs. Went up the trail to the foothill ridge trail, erased arrows heading to Benham and put new arrows down on the service road leading to bull frog. So the run is shortened but no barb wire or yucky mud.
Monday evening at 6:30 the Dirt Dog Trail Runners will be running a 6 mile loop course on Shell Ridge from Rocksprings Place in Walnut Creek. Ginny will be marking the course Monday morning with her dogs. She suggests you take a copy of the course with you in case the arrows get erased during the day. Chris will be at the start to greet and sweep.
The Course: Start at Rocksprings, at junction turn rt. On briones to mt diablo trail. Follow all the way up towards borges intersection. Continue on briones mt diablo, thru gates, up steep hill, stay rt as you go around back of hill. Stay rt and at junction of foothill ridge trail, go left on foothill ridge trail (by water tower). Follow foothill ridge towards livorna. When you come upon single track trail, turn rt down towards Benham ct. at ct turn rt, stay rt on single track, as single track goes up hill take the shortcut to service road headed to bull frog pond. Left on the service rd, past bullfrog . go on single track to twin ponds. At twin ponds, take steep service rd on left up to briones mt diablo trail. Turn left on trail back to rocksprings.
Driving Directions: From the 680/24 Interchange take Ygnacio Valley Road towards Concord. Turn right on Walnut Blvd. (1st light after Civic). Follow Walnut Blvd almost to its end. Turn left on Rocksprings Place. Park on the street where the Joaquin Ranch Trail crosses.
The excessive heat wave we are currently experiencing has caused us to cancel Monday evening's run. Try to get your run in in the morning when it's cooler. Hopefully. we will be back on schedule net Monday.
Monday evening at 6:30 the Dirt Dog Trail Runners will be running a 6 mile loop course in Mt. Diablo State Park from the corner of Marsh Creek Road and El Molino in Clayton. James will be out early marking the course and Mary Ann will be at the start to greet and sweep.
Dogs are not allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park.
Driving Directions: From the 680/24 Interchange take Ygnacio Valley Road towards Concord. After you climb Lime Ridge and pass the Cal State East Bay campus turn right on Clayton Road. After you pass the Clayton Library turn right on Marsh Creek Road. Turn right on El Molino and park on the street.
Monday evening at 6:30 the Dirt Dog Trail Runners will be running about a 5 mile loop course on Shell Ridge from Indian Valley School in Walnut Creek. Linda will be out early marking the course which is only moderately hilly and Kat will be at the start to greet and sweep.
Driving Directions: From the 680/24 Interchange take Ygnacio Valley Road towards Concord. Turn right on Homestead Ave. (2nd light after Civic) Turn left on Marshall Drive. Follow Marshall Drive to the end and park on the street in front of the school.
Monday evening at 6:30 the Dirt Dog Trail Runners will be running a 7+ mile lollipop course from the corner of Alhambra Ave and Franklin Canyon Road in Martinez. Runners wanting a shorter run can do an out and back. Chris will be out early marking the course and Kat will be at the start to greet and sweep.
Please be cautious where the course crosses Franklin Canyon Road since drivers travel at high speeds and are not expecting pedestrians..
Driving Directions: From the 680/24 Interchange take 680 North. Exit onto Route 4 East. Exit Route 4 onto Alhambra Avenue. Turn left on Alhambra Road and look for a small parking lot on your right at the corner of Franklin Canyon Road. Overflow parking is on Franklin Canyon Road.