Goodbye to Christy Hike - Mt Burdell (Easy/Moderate), well behaved dogs invited

  • June 14, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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This is the pre-dinner hike for Christy and it may very well be her final hike with the Wanderer’s.  We are scheduling it for 4:00 PM because Christy has to work that day. 

Burdell normally has a 20 person group limit, so if we end up with more than 20 people which is entirely possible, we will split the group up and either stagger our departure times, or have one of our groups do the same hike in the opposite direction.  We have done this before.  I currently have a call in to Marin Open Space to see if it would be possible to waive the 20 person limit for this one time only. 

Please note: THIS POSTING IS STRICTLY FOR THE HIKE.    I have posted a separate invitation for dinner.  


This is a 5.5 mile hike with an approximate 850 feet elevation gain. 

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. 

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'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 3:35pm

PETALUMA: Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 4pm


See you on the trail!

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  • Marcelyn

    A delightful celebration of one we will continue to hold dear. It was good to sneak in one more trek up Burdell with you, Christy, and with so many good pals. Nicely orquestrated, Stanley.

    1 · June 15

  • Shawna

    After the warmish start, when the air cooled, the hike was pleasant. But it was more about getting together to acknowledge Christy, and that we did.

    1 · June 15

  • Andy E.

    Great hike.

    June 15

  • Don

    We will miss Christy. She is going down as one of our "hall of famers". Have a nice life with your family and remember your friends.

    1 · June 15

    • Elaine d.

      We have a Hall of Fame?

      June 15

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Sweet! Hall of Fame! Friends are never forgotten and I do plan to crash a hike or two when I can. I am taking memories and rattlesnake tales along with me. ;)

      June 15

  • Georgene

    The hike was a nice beginning to a wonderful evening. I hope Lorra's house is not covered in hiking dust. Thank you Stan for getting the permit. Or did you? Thank you Christy for leading, you will be missed.

    1 · June 15

  • Kathy

    A great hike with some of my favorite Wanderers. I'm not used to hiking in the heat of the afternoon, I was so thankful for the breeze! Christy, thanks for this and all the many, many hikes you have led. You have added much to the group in many ways and you will be missed.

    1 · June 15

  • Eric H.

    Take Christ and best wishes to all your future endeavors

    June 13

  • Kathie B.

    So sorry that I won't be able to join you for this hike. Christy, all the best to you, I will miss you!

    1 · June 13

  • Christy Vandever S.

    This was amazing! Thank you to all who made it out for the hike and to Stan for organizing it so well, that we were able to get ALL of the Wanderers wandering together! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    June 15

  • Max

    Excellent hike ! Thanks Christy and Stan !

    1 · June 15

  • John H.

    Triste in its way. Glad for Christy that she is getting her heart's desire. Sad in losing Christy to Southern California.

    1 · June 14

  • Shawna

    Does anyone want to carpool from Coddingtown, or Petaluma?

    June 14

  • Theresa P.

    Where is Christy's dinner party ?

    June 14

  • Eric H.

    Take care

    June 13

  • Dese'

    Family in town through June 16. Best wishes to you Christy !! Appreciated your leadership on many hikes.

    June 8

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Thank you! It's been great hiking, laughing, (singing), and visiting with you in the trail. Keep those Wanderer spirits inspired

      1 · June 8

  • Mary S.

    Aw, I have to miss this one - recovering from a sprained ankle. Best of luck to you Christy!

    June 4

  • Bebe

    Christy, I wanted to wish you the best. I have really enjoyed hiking with you. Hope you can find some fun in SoCal. Bebe

    June 5

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