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.
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.
Jenn T. on Olompali Trail
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.