The oak-studded summit offers breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area, and the fertile grasslands rewards hikers with an abundance of wildflowers in the spring and early summer.
From the Novato Valley, hikers will pass through lush grasslands and impressive forests that contain some of the finest, and quite likely some of the oldest, specimens of oak and bay trees in Marin. Serpentine soils give rise to rare and unusual plants. Hidden Lake, a seasonal pond located about halfway to the top of the 1500-foot summit of Mount Burdell, is home to an assortment of rare plants and is swarming with frogs, salamanders and other creatures during the wet season. The slopes of Mt. Burdell are also home to many species of birds.
Like Tiburon's Ring Mountain and Limantour Beach at Point Reyes, Novato's Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve escaped death by housing development through the efforts of conservation-minded citizens. So give thanks to your visionary neighbors as you enjoy a moderate, 3.5-mile loop hike on the preserve's main fire roads or a steeper mile-long spur with suburbia-minimizing […]