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Mt. Burdell Open Space (Easy/Moderate), well behaved dogs invited

  • May 9, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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This is a 5.5 mile hike with an approximate 850 feet elevation gain. I've scheduled this early enough that (hopefully) Wanderers will have time to join me for a sack lunch and tour at the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue in Petaluma. 


Mt. Burdell Open Space is one of my 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.  I'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, 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.

TO BRING: YOU! glorious hiker person you – dying to hit the trails and laugh, talk, sweat and enjoy in a group of like minded Wanderers… Oh yeah, and you should always bring your hiking safety essentials as well as layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below.

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: 2-2.5 hours

Facilities: none

Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leash invited

Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Bring a portable snack if you will need it - we will not have a break on this short hike.

Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

 

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive.Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

PLEASE if possible try to use the locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to any of the designated locations.

 

Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:35

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA: Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 9:00

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

 

See you on the trail!

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  • Sylvia M.

    Thanks Christy for a great hike. A beautiful day. and thank you for pointing out the 'acorn tree'. May you have an easy move and a delightful landing in your new home. Will miss you.

    May 9, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Thanks so much Sylvia. I really appreciate the warm send off. Glad to have been given the chance to have your smiling face on a few of my hikes. :)

      May 10, 2014

  • Georgene

    Perfect hike on a beautiful day. I loved that oak tree with all the embedded acorns--that was something!
    Lovely conversations with several wanderers. Thanks Christie, I'm sorry for us that you are leaving but happy for you. Glad I got to meet you.

    May 9, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Thanks Georgene for joining us. Again, I apologize for the map not being correct. It was a pleasure to meet you! Happy Wandering!

      May 10, 2014

  • Leslie B.

    What a wonderful hike. Beautiful day and very nice people. My first hike with Christie and she is a great leader. I hate to have her leave but wish her well.

    May 9, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Leslie, it was so great to meet you. I know you'll enjoy all the amazing hikes that will fill the calendar over the next few months. Welcome. :)

      May 9, 2014

  • Stan S.

    Thanks Christy for all of the effort that you put into making this such a great day. Great hike on Burdell as usual topped off by a fun tour of the Wildlife Center. Can’t forget those wonderful cookies either.

    May 9, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Don't forget the white wine. ;) Going to have to step up my game to red soon I guess....

      May 9, 2014

  • John H.

    Enjoyed today's jaunt. Probably the last easy hike at Burdell before summer's heat, Thanks Christy. Hope all goes well for you in the desert.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Ted M.

    Thanks Christy for many great dog outings, Kota and I will miss you, good luck down south

    May 9, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Thanks Ted. I'll try to get at least one more on the calendar for him before I'm gone.

      May 9, 2014

  • Brigitte D.

    Thank you, Christy and fellow Wanderers, for another fun hike. Christy, I will miss you and wish you and your family the very best in your new/old desert stomping grounds :-))

    May 9, 2014

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Thank you to all who joined the hike today. Again, welcome to the new members! I strongly encourage you to stay active with the group and all it had to offer. It was a pleasure to hike with all of you today and make a couple new friends.

    May 9, 2014

  • Jerry

    Very nice scenic hike!

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I was not sure if my wait-listed spot would open, & just NOW saw that it did, (when another commitment had surfaced). So I'm immediately opting to give my spot to another person, now on the wait list! I'll make sure to get on the Rsvp... list, next time; and if my commitment cancels, I'll see tomorrow morning, if there's any space! ENJOY!

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Thanks Teresa. Sorry you won't be able to join us. We'll see you on the trail soon though!

      1 · May 9, 2014

  • Don

    I've been nursing a sore back and may not make the hike. I see the waiting list, so will cancel my spot Thursday if my back is not better.

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • Don

      Still not ready for "prime time"......cancelli­ng to open up to waiting list.

      May 8, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Sorry Don. Hope you'll still be joining us for the rescue though.

      May 8, 2014

  • Mary Ann R.

    Sorry I'm going to miss your last hike.

    May 7, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      I'll be around for another 7 weeks. Fingers crossed we'll get a hug before then. :)

      May 8, 2014

  • Christy Vandever S.

    We have 3 on the waiting list. If you are not 100% sure you'll be able to attend in the morning, please change your RSVP this morning to give fellow Wanderers the opportunity to join us. I promise this hike will be available again before you know it! Thank you.

    May 8, 2014

  • Georgene

    Ted and John, thank you both! Christy, apologies for asking for directions--I didn't see them in the body of the text, even though I thought I read it...brain malfunction.

    May 8, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      I apologize for not seeing the question to begin with. We'll see you tomorrow!

      May 8, 2014

  • Georgene

    Christy, I am driving myself because I want to go to Costco after the hike. I've never been to Mt. Burdell. When I click on the map link provided in the heading, it appears that the trailhead is in the backyard of a house on Saddle Wood Drive. Do you have any other directions you can provide? Thanks!

    May 7, 2014

    • Ted M.

      Ignore the map, wrong side of 101, follow the directions in the hike description above, it's easy to find

      May 7, 2014

    • John H.

      This one is a piece of cake to find. Take the San Marin exit off 101. Go right on San Marin. Couple of miles down take right on San Andreas (think there's a stop sign there?) and wind around until you see the trail head/Open Space. You'll have Mt. Burdell on your right side as you drive San Marin. It's big. See you there

      May 8, 2014

  • Jerry

    I will not be at the Petaluma carpool. Will share a ride from here in Rohnert Park.

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Shirley D.

    I have to pass on hiking for two weeks.

    May 5, 2014

  • Jerry

    Petaluma Carpool.

    April 20, 2014

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