Bay Area Hiker: Olompali State Park Olompali State Park

Featured hike
0.0: Begin at the middle of the parking lot. Take the gravel road to the right (near the portable toilet) toward the historic area.
0.2: Just past a barn, the gravel road sweeps to the right, while a smaller path continues straight. Take the trail straight.
0.3: Loop Trail breaks off to the left, but continue straight on the other end of the Loop Trail, which is signed toward Miwok Village.
0.5: Unmarked junction. Veer left and uphill, away from the creek.
0.9: Signed junction. The trail to the right continues an ascent to Mount Burdell. If you want to avoid the moderately steep climb to the stone fence, turn left, otherwise turn right onto Mount Burdell Trail.
1.0: Look to the left for a bench and narrow trail, signed "not a through trail." Head up the unnamed path.
1.3: The path ends at the preserve boundary and stone wall. Return to the previous junction.
1.5: Turn right and retrace your steps to the junction with Loop Trail.
1.6: Junction, again. Continue straight on Loop Trail.
2.9: Junction. Turn right and return to the parking lot.
3.1: Back at the parking lot.

Getting there:
• From northbound US 101 in Marin County, pass the park, then carefully make a u-turn at San Antonio Road and drive south to the park entrance on the right side of the road.
• From southbound US 101 at the Marin/Sonoma County border, pass San Antonio Road, and make the next right into the park.

GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
Latitude 38 9'5.19"N
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)

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© 2002 Jane Huber/Bay Area Hiker