Mount Burdell, Marin County's largest open space preserve, offers amazing views, easy loop hikes, or more challenges routes from the bottom of the 1,500 foot mount. Stroll the landscape, bring a picnic, and enjoy the expansive scenery below.
Take a little time to explore the top of Mount Burdell; rocks were mined up here to make San Francisco's cobblestone streets.
Stop at the shopping center at San Marin Drive and San Andreas Drive to pick up sandwiches or sandwich fixings at the Harvest Market (155 San Marin Drive).
You don't have to climb to the 1,500-foot summit of Mount Burdell in Novato to see great views, grassy hillsides, oak and bay forests, spring wildflowers, and serpentine outcroppings. This 1,600-acre preserve managed by the Marin County Open Space District offers multiple trails - including a 3-mile loop that takes you past a seasonal hidden lake with croaking frogs, a spring and an oak tree that serves as a granary for acorn woodpeckers.