This is truly a mini Novato adventure! This 8.85 mile hike will traverse Mount Burdell, O’Hair Park, Little Mountain, Verissimo Hills, and the North Marin Water District, without ever stepping into suburbia. Along the way we’ll navigate fire roads, single track trails, pass three water tanks, cross trail bridges, and more. The hike gradually ascends to a maximum height of 855 feet within the first 2.5 miles before leveling off for a flat and easy stroll before slowly descending.
Route: We’ll head up Mount Burdell on the Fieldstone Trail, turn east on the Middle Burdell Fire Road, take the Dwarf Oak Trail to O’Hair Park, connect with the Reuben Kaehler Trail, then head southwest on the Little Mountain Trail, pass into the Verissimo Hills Open Space Preserve and the North Marin Water District via the Stafford Lake Trail until we reach our end point on Vineyard Road. At a 23 minute mile pace, this hike should take 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete.
Trailhead: Meet at the end of Vineyard road. We’ll leave half the cars there and then drive to our starting point which is the Fieldstone Trail located at 475 Fieldstone Drive.
Recommended Gear: Bring water, snacks, sturdy footwear, and weather appropriate clothing.
See you there!
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