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Afternoon Mt. Burdell Hike (good exercise) Well behaved dogs invited

  • Apr 25, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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This is a 5.5 mile hike with an approximate 850 feet elevation gain.  Well behaved dogs are invited but they must be able to keep up with the pace and not hold up the group.


Mt. Burdell Open Space is one of our favorite places to hike in Novato.  Be aware that much of it is open, so be prepared for sun or wind. There's some good climbing to give the heart and legs a workout, but it's on good trails and pretty much all in the first half of the hike. Pretty rolling hills with oaks, a small bay forest, views, and a pond with a chorus of frogs in season.  We've seen coyote three different times when hiking here. This is a combo open space/cattle grazing area, but the cattle generally aren't on or right near the trails. Well behaved dogs on leash are allowed. I personally don't like the Old Quarry Trail, so we'll leave that bit out....

This hike is a short one and we need to be OFF the trail before dark so no break is planned.  If you will need nourishment, bring something easy to eat while moving.

 

Getting to the trail head:

From US 101 in Novato take the San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue. Head west on San Marin Drive for about 2.5 miles. Turn north (right) unto San Andreas Drive, and continue about 0.5 mile. Look for and park near the Open Space gate.

 

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below.  It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   A steady pace and we just keep going!  If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Facilities: None
  • Dogs?: Well behaved dogs on leash allowed
  • Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Bring an extra layer.  The hike may start off warm but as the day turns to evening it may cool off
  • Bring a snack in your pocket.  There are no stops so if you need nourishment you will want something easy to eat as you walk.
  •  Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

See you on the trail!

 

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  • Stan S.

    One of my favorite hikes. Thanks for the history lesson Christy.

    1 · April 26, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Always willing to take on a new student Stan. ;)

      April 26, 2013

    • Stan S.

      Sounds Good Christy. Now we can talk about spring break, summer vacation, and holidays.

      1 · April 26, 2013

  • Don

    I'm going to be laid up for few weeks due to knee surgery after next weeks hikes, but look forward to more great hikes where ever with Christy and good friends. (especially would like the full moon hike, you might get others on that one, look out!)

    April 26, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Sorry about the surgery. MSG me if there is anything you need help with. See you soon!

      April 26, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Thanks again to everyone for a WONDERFUL afternoon hike! Bruce...it was great to meet you. Sorry you weren't able to finish with us. I'll look forward to you joining us another time. Pam, Karen, and Cate....it was nice to meet all of you as well. To the "regulars"....let's definitely work on getting another location put together for an upcoming afternoon. If y'all are willing to help guide me through what will be a new adventure for me...I'm in. :)

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Don

      It is very nice and open minded of you Christy, to consider our alternatives. Another reason we like the Wanderes....flexibility!­ (especially after a hike).

      1 · April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed talking to everyone at the trailhead and with stan the man during the uphill portion of the hike. I limped back on the downhill portion and took a shortcut. also, was nice bumping into marcelyn briefly at harvest market after the hike. Guess my leg won't be hill hiking for awhile. take care. getting old.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Marcelyn

    Just what I needed!!!!!! Thank you Christy! Nice to meet Karen, Pam, Cate and Bruce. SO happy to see Linda again! Always, ALWAYS delighted to be on the trail with Christy, Stan and Don.

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Thanks Marcelyn. I hope it ended your Thursday on a happy note. See you soon!

      April 25, 2013

    • Marcelyn

      Yes it most certainly did. ¡Hasta pronto!

      April 25, 2013

  • Barbara T.

    Threw out my back closing a window! sorry

    April 25, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I twisted my knee and can't hike...I'm so sorry to miss this hike!

    April 25, 2013

  • Don

    If I'm running late, I'll catch up........

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sstill sick

    April 25, 2013

    • Don

      Get well Lynda........

      April 25, 2013

  • Don

    I"m on, but may I suggest later start time soon Christy? Sunset: 7:56 PM.

    April 18, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Should be on the calendar a few times in May and I'll continue it through the summer as often as possible.

      1 · April 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great!

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christy. I got really sick last eve. May not make it tomorrow. Will let u know. hope it will pass...

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does this really start at 8pm?

    April 17, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      5pm. I found that the time reflects whatever time zone I am in...so when I was on EST, all the hikes were reading 3 hours later than their actual start time.

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone carpooling from Santa Rosa and willing to bring a new member?

    April 19, 2013

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