Fuel for the JourneyKick off your day at Marvin’s Breakfast Club in the heart of Old Town, where the substantial portions of home-style American food will ensure you’re fully fueled for whatever activity you choose. Then load up your mountain bike or lace up your hiking shoes and prepare to greet the natural beauty that awaits in the surrounding landscape.
Head for the hillsNovato's beautiful Mount Burdell beckons just a few minutes drive north of downtown with easy access to trailheads from several main roads. Roadside parking is available but tends to fill up on busy weekends, so plan to arrive before noon.
Rising 1,558 feet from the valley floor, Mount Burdell is Novato’s highest peak and Marin County’s largest open space preserve. This local favorite offers outdoor enthusiasts several challenging, well-maintained fire roads and “loop” trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Wildflowers and wildlifeA perfect destination for a day excursion, Burdell’s oak-studded slopes and fertile grasslands offer visitors the chance to glimpse native wildlife and birds, flushes of colorful wildflowers in the spring, and breathtaking views of the surrounding North Bay.
Mt. Burdell’s hilly, sometimes steep terrain makes it a good choice for moderate to advanced fitness levels. Dogs are allowed on main fire roads both on and off-leash (under voice command). During spring months, you may encounter herds of domestic cattle which graze free-range on the preserve.
No restrooms. Bring plenty of water.
Round off the day at Hilltop 1892Relax after your outing on the mountain and enjoy the stellar views from historic Hilltop 1892 bar and restaurant. Executive Chef Todd Davies, a Novato resident, offers his delicious take on Northern California’s seasonal bounty along with an outstanding wine list and fun casual atmosphere. This popular dining choice is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.