Post-Ride Grub: On the way back home, stop at Tagliaferri’s for a Tri Tip Steak Sandwich, or grab a burrito from one of the many nearby taquerias (La Hacienda, Las Guitarras, or Mi Pueblo to name a few).
Driving directions to rally point: Link
Mt Burdell is one of the “standby” rides for Novato residents of all skill levels. Just a quick road spin from downtown will get you to one of the many entrances to Burdell’s trail network, which offers loops of varying length so you can find a ride that fits that amount of time you have available.
Length & Duration: Approx. 9 miles, ~1750ft of climbing, 45-90min ride time.
Technicality and elevation go hand in hand on Mt Burdell, as the fireroad gets progressively rockier as you ascend. While experienced riders will not find the route difficult, over-confidence on the descent can allow that misplaced baby-head stone or off-camber turn to send you sliding.
Depending on which route you take to the summit, there are a couple of steep sections that can put some strain on the lungs, but the difficulty is capped by the short total duration & elevation.