Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve Professional Review and Guide
"It’s understandable why the Miwok Indians chose to keep a village at the base of Mount Burdell for 6,000 years. The rise they called Olompali had oaks shedding acorns, their main food source, and grasslands that supported plenty of animals to hunt for food. Starting in Novato’s backyard, this hike ascends this once bountiful mountain, now passing quarry sites. It takes you over great expanses of golden grassland, sprinkled with a rainbow of wildflowers and butterflies in spring. It dips under the dappled shade of bay and oak trees, along gurgling seasonal creeks, then back onto open hillsides before you finally reach the ridge of this extinct volcano, Novato’s highest hill. A low stone wall invites you to sit. Though hardly wilderness with a repeater station and satellite atop the crest, the views are still rewarding. Trails Surface: The dirt trail is rocky in places. It climbs through oak savanna and drops 1,400 feet in elevation. Much of the trail is in shade. The hike ends on a gravel fire road."