Olompali State Park, located three miles north of Novato on U.S. 101, overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay from the east-facing slopes of 1,558 foot Mount Burdell. The name "olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people." The Coast Miwok inhabited at least one site within the area of the present-day park continuously from as early as 6,000 BC, until the early 1850s. Olompali contains "kitchen rock," a large boulder used as a mortar in which early people ground acorns and seeds into a fine flour for food preparation. Many women would gather near such grinding rocks to prepare food and socialize.

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10 days ago

Gorgeous! cant believe Ive lived so close and never gone. They do close the gates at 5pm, unlike other parks, so make sure to calculate your time especially if you want to do the upper ridge. Second favorite part of this hike was the shade. 2/12 I needed and long sleeve and a light jacket. But I could imagine how refreshing in the summer this hike would be. And all the pictures are right on

very nice and shaded. my 2.5 was able to walk most of it.

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3 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views of the mountains and Novato below. Great for dogs too!

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5 months ago

Fun, moderate hike. Best in spring or winter.

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7 months ago

Great trail. A few fallen trees on the trail that need to be removed. Otherwise these are hazardous.

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8 months ago

First hike with the kiddos. Muddy trail due to recent rain. All had wet socks, muddy shoes and paws.

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11 months ago

Easy but authentic hike for beginners... with lots of encouraging and rewarding vistas. Perfect trail to seduce someone into more hikes in the future. Your XBOX kids might find a challenge keeping up. No functioning bathrooms when offices are closed... gotta resort to more natural ways.

Monday, January 25, 2016

I took the trail up to where it meets with Mt Burdell. Lots is switch backs make it doable, but then you feel like the scenery is all the same. Hearty walk up, but and easy 5 mile jog back down.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Nice easy hike if you have small children. Village in the beginning has lots to see. The trail is not very scenic, but it's easy and the entire family can enjoy it.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

A nice easy walk in a pretty park with lots of history. You can also extend your hike to the top of Burdell for some great views.

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on Olompali Trail

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