Rancho Olompali State Historic Park Things to Do

  • Olompali State Park, CA
    Olompali State Park, CA
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  • Miwok Village in Olompali State Park
    Miwok Village in Olompali State Park
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    Walk to the Miwok

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 8, 2006

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    Miwok Village in Olompali State Park

    In 1977, the State Park system bought Rancho Olompali, and turned it into a State Park, which opened to the public in 1990. This is a very low key, no frills State Park, without so much as a campground. You have to give the State Park credit, however, for doing something with it, considering how little resources they have to work with.

    At the base of Mount Burdell - just a few hundred feet from the parking lot - is a replica of a Miwok village, consisting of two log teepees and a log roundhouse. These were not here when Jerry Garcia lived here. The exhibit is small, but kids seem to enjoy it, and you can poke your head inside and look around.

    One point of interest - while this area was being excavated, an anthropologist found an Elizabethan coin from the 1600s. That would have dated back to the time English explorers and traders were visiting the area, and is considered to be evidence of an exchange between the Miwoks and 17th century Europeans.

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    Out of sight hike

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 8, 2006

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    Olompali State Park, CA

    Olompali sits at the base of Mount Burdell, which is a tiny "mountain" with an elevation at the peak of 1558 feet. The trailhead starts at 335 feet. Total one way distance is about 4 miles. This is not a tough hike. The trail is a gentle rise throughout, so you hardly feel the total elevation rise of 1200 feet. In fact, if you are a trail runner, you could run most of the way up to the top and back. It took me one hour and 45 minutes to walk up, and 30 minutes to run/walk back. It's a rush.

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