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Mount Burdell Preserve
Novato, CA 94945
Nature Preserve: Birding, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
From the Novato Valley, this oak-studded mountain rises 1,558 feet to a summit which offers breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area. Along the way, visitors pass through lush grasslands and impressive forests that contain some of the finest (and oldest) specimens of oak and bay trees in Marin. Along the slopes above San Marin Drive there are areas where serpentine soils give rise to rare and unusual plants, as well as fertile grasslands that glow with spring colors during wildflower season. Hidden Lake, a seasonal pond located about halfway to the top, is home to an assortment of rare plants and is swarming with frogs, salamanders and other creatures during the wet season.