Explore the most popular trails in Olompali State Historic Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

1 month ago

Scenery: 2
Views: 3
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 2
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

7 months ago

Easy hike, no spectacular views. The historical placards were interesting to read. Beware - use insect repellent. I’ve never gotten bug bites from my many many hikes, but I came away from this hike with five nasty bug bites.

Great hike during summer bring good amount of water. 92 degrees at the end of hike.

8 months ago

What a great trail, you get a workout and a learning experience all in one trip. Good for all ages picnic benches under the trees if you want to bring lunch.
The whole park is outdated many of the signs are faded from the sun and in need of replacement, not a very well maintained for a park let alone for a state park.

This is a long winding trail that I took by mistake, I did not see another human the whole trip very peaceful (and on a Saturday) lots of small critters running around and a few good views. I would not attempt this trail in the rainy season or on a bike. luckily I found a short cut at the picnic benches at the top on the way back that saved me well over an hour.

11 months ago

Very easy and mostly shaded! Nice little creek at the northern part of trail. Love the history lesson before the walk. Great for little ones! If mosquitoes are attracted to you, do not forget the bug repellent! Lol

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A nice walk with lots of birds and butterflies. Find a bathroom before you get there. We found no facilities. The visitor center was not open Sunday, 2/25/18. Lots of historical buildings and a few teepees would keep kids busy exploring. We’ll go again. The views are lovely.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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

Sunday, January 07, 2018

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fun, moderate hike. Best in spring or winter.

Monday, July 03, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

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.

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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