Olompali/Mt. Burdell walk - March 2019
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Twelve of us visited the Olompali Historical State Park, as well as the adjacent Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve in Novato, Ca. This was a clear and sunny Saturday in mid-March, and my niece Carrie from Mare Island came along.
It was a long haul to the top of Mt. Burdell, with amazingly long switchbacks. Although it was early in the season, we had to watch out for poison oak the entire hike. Hopefully none of us came away with the 'essential oil' on our clothes or shoes.
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|start of the walk||Miwok kotchas||Carrie||Frank on the Miwok loop trail|
|junction with Mt. Burdell trail||Manzanita||Fremont's Star Lily||long & steady uphill|
|Petaluma River & marshes||Lakeville Hwy. across the way||Petaluma River & San Pablo Bay||highway 37 bridge|
|the Buckeye stops here||Buckeye trees have bright green leaves||Bay Laurels|
|near the top||I was late for lunch|
After lunch on the trip downhill I enjoyed talking with John and Cathy.
|downhill walk||Hound's Tongue||wide view again||John & Cathy in dark Bay Laurel light|
|Henderson's Shooting Star||Manzanita again||almost back|
|the grass seemed so green here...||...maybe for St. Patrick's weekend||hillside oaks|
|Oak leafing out||back at the State Park buildings|
(my thanks to Rich for identifying the wildflowers)
Many hikers remarked on the great scenery on the Lower Mt. Burdell Trail, from the junction point down, which has an easier slope (compared to the Miwok loop) but also had a number of low lying areas with muddy stretches for say 10 to 20 steps, the deepest standing water at 1.5 inches, not a problem if you have waterproof shoes.
Per Frank's GPS data, the group walked close to ten miles round trip with an elevation gain/loss of 1,565 ft. We were on the trail at 10 am and off again around 4 pm.
Afterwards most of us went to Moylans Brewing Company, at the Rowland Way exit from Highway 101, in Novato. Their stout was excellent and they have a very nice menu for snacks or an early dinner. Once again a late afternoon arrival time (4:30 approx.) meant uncrowded conditions and fast service. See www.moylans.com
We got back to Davis around 6 pm or later......& an easy drive home from there ...across the causeway.
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