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Mt. Burdell Open Space Thanksgiving Dinner Burn Off Hike (Easy/Moderate)

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Let's burn off some of that Thanksgiving dinner and avoid the Black Friday sale frenzy!

The wait list is growing, but Marin Open Space District has a 20 person limit on group size. So we're going to try something new. I've upped the participant limit to 40 and I'll ask you to split yourselves into 2 groups at the trail head. I'll lead one and Stan, who knows Mt Burdell well, will lead the other. One group will do the hike clockwise and the other will do it counter-clockwise, so we'll head off in two different directions!

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. 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.

Car pool locations: Please indicate in your RSVP if you will be there and if you are willing to drive. Please bear in mind that there is no guarantee that there will be others car pooling. Please check the RSVPs.

Santa Rosa: Park and Ride under Hwy 12 between the Fairgrounds and the Veterans Building. Leave at 12:40pm

Petaluma: Lucky's parking lot on the corner of Lakeville St and Caulfield Ln; park closest to Payran St. Leave at 1:00pm

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.

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening. 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. Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in. Duration: Appx. 2-2.5 hours We don't take a break on this hike; bring something portable if you need to eat or drink before we return to the trail head.
Facilities: none Dogs?: Well behaved dogs allowed on leash Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea. Dress in layers. Always try to car pool if you can. And car poolers, please chip in for gas and the use of the driver's car. See you on the trail!