Olompali State Historic Park

Quick Facts

Olompali State Historic Park

California

(415) 898-4362

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Things To Do

Overview

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.

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.

Map of Olompali (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.149489, -122.579550

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The Olompali and Mt. Burdell Trails offer a hike of 2.75 miles, round-trip.

  • Historic Sites

    Take a walk through Olompali history and you'll see Camillo Ynitia's adobe, the ruins of the Burdell mansion, and what's left of Mary Burdell's grand garden, where daffodils, planted here more than a century ago, still bloom each year. A barn, a blacksmith shop, the ranch foreman's house and much more can be visited on this history walk.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed on the park's trails.

  • Picnicking

    A shaded picnic area is available to visitors looking to relax and snack.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer is hot, spring is warm, and fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is best.

Park Partners

California State Parks Foundation

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was founded in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of both California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. With their 120,000 members, CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. Since 1969, CSPF has raised more than $170 million to benefit state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's 278 state parks--the largest state park system in the United States.

(415) 262-4400

Directions

Driving

The park is located three miles north of Novato on U.S. 101. The entrance is accessible only to southbound traffic from Highway 101.

Flying

The closest major airport to Olompali SHP is Oakland International Airport, approximately 33 miles away. From there, myriad car rental services are available, ranging from Alamo to National and beyond. For more information, call 510-563-3300.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(415) 898-4362

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