Hike Date: April 6, 2013
Distance: ~ 6 miles
Trail(s): Bay Area Ridge Trail, Dwarf Oak Trail, Michoko Trail, Cobblestone and Deer Park Fire Trails
Where’s it at? Novato, CA in north Marin County, west of 101


The Mount Burdell Preserve is a 1627 acre open space in Novato through sparse oak woodlands. The summit reaches 1558 feet according to the Marin County Parks site. There is a small seasonal lake called Hidden Lake which is full of interesting plants. There is shade scattered here and there but the trails here are predominantly open and it can get pretty hot here in summer. The seasonal lake, green grasses and multitude of wildflowers make spring an excellent time to visit. While not a giant park, there are a surprisingly large number of trail options that almost all create a loop hike. The hills here are pretty tall and offer some nice views east and south.

My friend and I took her dog up here for a nice hike and kept a very brisk pace as her dog controlled the speed. While you can park on roads that are further up and into the park, we met at the shopping center off San Marin which offers a store, restaurants and coffee shops for the start or end of your visit.

There is a decent amount of steep trails here and you can get some good distance in with the variety of trails. There were a ton of wildflowers blooming although it wasn’t the nicest day out, we got sprinkled on a tiny bit while hiking and it was probably only 60 degrees at most.

We did a big loop through pretty much the whole preserve, past Hidden Lake and through a large number of cows. The cows here seemed really happy and many of them were playful with us and the dog. They seemed unusually active compared to the cows I see often in Napa. There were a number of newts along the trail also. The trail was a mix of single track and wide fire roads, and despite having had rain even that morning, it wasn’t muddy at all except up toward Hidden Lake. The single tracks are in good shape but the fire roads had a lot of horse and cow dung and many small rocks and divets. Unfortunately I sprained my foot on this hike despite wearing good hiking shoes. That’s what I get for taking pictures while hiking I guess!

I was very pleasantly surprised with this hike, having not really targeted it as one I wanted to do. In fact I’d really not heard of it before, but my hiking partner goes a lot and made the suggestion. THis is definitely a great preserve so if you get a chance, get out your hiking shoes and make the journey.

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