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Spring Ride 2019

  • Olompali State Historic Park 8901 Redwood Boulevard Novato, CA, 94945 United States (map)

2019 Spring Ride & Lunch
at Olompali State Historic Park
Register Today!

Sunday, May 5th at the old Rancho Olompali

SPACE IS LIMITED so register today to reserve your spot for the 2019 Spring Ride.
Questions?  Contact Trail Boss, Joe:  [email protected] 

The Rides: The Loop Trail winds through oak habitat, scenic vistas, California bay, buckeye and lovely madrones. Determined riders can ride the Mt. Burdell – a 12 mile round trip to the top of the mountain and back.


Registration, Coffee and Pastry:  9:00 AM when the gates open.
Ride Begins: 10:00 AM
BBQ Lunch Served: 12:30 to 1:30 PM


$40 for riding members (includes lunch)
$45 for riding non-members* (includes lunch)
$20 for lunch only
*To become a MHC Member, you can join now at

Food options at lunch will be:

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
Vegetarian option.

The fine print:

ALL RIDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RELEASE BEFORE MOUNTING. JUNIORS MUST HAVE A RELEASE SIGNED BY A PARENT & RIDE WITH AN ADULT SPONSOR. Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders and required for minors. No stallions, ponied horses or riding double. Saddles and bridles/hackamores are required. Bring a halter and tie rope to carry on your horse. No smoking, no dogs, please respect private property rights, park regulations and serenity of other trail users.

Gates open at 9:00 AM so this is a bit later than normal.

Driving Directions:  

From 101 North or South, exit at Atherton Blvd and follow posted directional signs to the park. Drive a one mile safe frontage road to access the park past Birkenstock and the Buck Institute. This is new!

$8.00 parking fee. Bring cash for that. There is a Visitor Center with the history of Olompali.

More Info:

This gorgeous park overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay from the east-facing slopes of 1,558 foot Mount Burdell.

This site was an actual Coast Miwok village, not a reenacted settlement like you see in Pt Reyes. (Also wonderful)  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.

Olompali State Historic Park is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The park has hiking and horseback riding trails and a shaded picnic area.  Please be aware that no dogs or bikes are allowed on the park trails.

Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.



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Earlier Event: October 14
Fall Ride 2018