Made my way out to Olompali State Historic Park today.
The park 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.
I heard there was a good hike, and I wasn’t disappointed. There was a 2.5 mile loop off of which was a 3.3 mile trail up to the top of Mount Burdell. I packed a sandwich in my Camelbak which I’m loving (I got a black Lobo by the way) and started hiking up. The day was pretty clear, with a little haze in the distance, but lots of great views of the Petaluma River and surrounding floodplain.
I saw a fair number of Manzanitas which I photographed on my last hike, but this time I got some spectacular picts of fungi.
I made it to the top around 3pm, 5 miles and 1200 foot change in elevation in about 2.5 hours. And then I had to go all the way back down again, 4 miles this time and I ran most of it (in some pain from being all sweaty) in an hour and a half.