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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