Marin County Open Space District: Deer Island Trail

EASY 9 reviews
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Marin County Open Space District: Deer Island Trail is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Novato, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles 171 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding

A small loop that is easily accessible and won't take very long. It offers views of Novato Creek

2 months ago

Irises in the Spring are beautiful. In the summer watch out for poison oak. We have spotted coyotes, owls and wild turkeys on this trail.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Easy, good for kids. 50 mins with a 6 year old (stop/start!)

8 months ago

Short and sweet. Keep dogs on leash until out of view of the ranger house at least, they will ticket!

1 year ago

Quiet, mainly flat hike through trees and some open areas. Took me a bit less than an hour at a leisurely pace. I saw no one else during the walk but I did see deer and many varieties of birds. Very peaceful and a feeling of being quite remote until the last portion while walking alongside a large storage facility. Didn't see any litter on the trail which was refreshing.

1 year ago

Thurs Jan 8th - 60 min loop - back again on tuesday Jan 20 - 45 min

4 years ago

Loop through Eucalyptus groves is nice but too close to freeway and mini storage to feel like you're in the wilderness...

5 years ago

This is a good easy hike. It might take you an hour if you are walking really slow.

6 years ago

Nice hike with dogs. Smelled good.