Burdell Mountain is the principle feature of the Mount Burdell (go figure) Open Space Preserve. This is a big hill just north of the town of Novato in northern Marin County. The mountain provides a recreational playground for hiking and mountain biking. It also includes Olompali Historic State Park on it's northeast side.
This was once the home of the Coast Miwok Indians. The park is the site of the oldest house north of San Franscisco built by Chief of the Olompali Tribe Camillo Ynitia in 1776.
There is an abandoned rock quarry near the southeast summit. The south side has big open grassy slopes and the summit is the high point on a ridge line interspersed with oaks that is defined by an old primitive rock wall a few feet high.
South from Burdell Mtn. over Big Rock Ridge to Mt. Tamalpais
From the north: From Olompali State Park. The park is located 3 miles north of Novato on Hwy. 101. It is only accessible from the south. If you're northbound go a ways until you can make a U- turn to go south and enter the park. A trail goes south and then climbs 1.5 miles up the northeast side of the mountain through forested terrain to a fork a few hundred feet from the top. You can continue straight on up to the road along the top of the mountain and go around to the right by the rock quarry or go right at the fork which is a short cut leading to the same road. Continue northwest on the road a few 10ths mile and cut up to the right through an open slope interspersed with rocks to the high point with the rock wall that runs along the top. The actual summit point is anybodys guess!
From the south: From the last Novato exit going north (Atherton) go west on San Marin Drive. A fire road running along the base of Burdell Mtn. that leads to several trails can be accessed from a few cul de sacs:
San Carlos Way: From 101 take San Marin Dr. 1.6 miles, turn right on San Carlos Way and go 2 1/2 blocks to the trailhead. San Mateo Way: From Hwy. 101 take San Marin Dr. 2.1 miles, turn right on San Mateo Way and go 1 block to the trailhead.