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Mt. Burdell Preserve Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A longer, moderately strenuous loop of Mt. Burdell, leaving from San Andreas Drive.


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Loop

1,445' 441 m

High

315' 96 m

Low

1,139' 347 m

Up

1,140' 347 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route meanders through a large, day use area in the Marin County Park System. There are no parking fees for this park, and the trails provide access to the Olompali trail network as well.

Need to Know

This route is a loop but if you decide to hike from the San Andreas parking area to the Olompali State Park expect a 20-mile round trip hike. Hours of operation and restrictions are different between the Marin County Open Space Areas and State Parks.

Description

This longer loop mostly uses dirt fire roads for the trip. Starting from the parking area located on San Andreas Drive, the hike will start with a mellow climb. Though the grades are mostly low, you'll consistently be climbing until the top of Mt. Burdell is reached.

Note that the top of the Mount Burdell Preserve features a handful of radio towers. These are on private property and are not open to the public. Instead, take in the sweeping views of the area and catch your breath. If you're not quite ready to head home, access the Olompali trails by passing through a gate which leads to the Upper Mount Burdell Trail.

However, if you're ready to head back, continue on the Quarry Trail to begin your descent. You'll be dropping elevation pretty quickly, and this portion of the park is much steeper. As you make your way along the final stretch of the Michako Trail, you'll get a pleasant reprieve to finish out on.

Contacts

Land Manager: Marin County Parks

Shared By:

Ryan Long with improvements by Mary Miller

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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This is a typical Mt. Burdell trail in typical condition. Some fire roads are better than others, but the views of the Novato are worth it.
Feb 19, 2017 near Novato, CA

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Jan 30, 2021
Lorna Sturgeon
Lovely, not a lot of people and beautiful scenery 4.5mi — 3h 30m
Jan 16, 2021
Jack Forbes
Jul 16, 2019
David Lansky
5.1mi — 2h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Ulf S
Dec 27, 2018
Abraham Magdaleno
Great trail. Will have to come back. 2mi
May 21, 2018
Viviane P-Louis
Mar 11, 2017
Yingying Zhang
5mi