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.
dogs on leash
A small loop that is easily accessible and won't take very long. It offers views of Novato Creek
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.
Easy, good for kids. 50 mins with a 6 year old (stop/start!)
Short and sweet. Keep dogs on leash until out of view of the ranger house at least, they will ticket!
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.
Thurs Jan 8th - 60 min loop - back again on tuesday Jan 20 - 45 min
Loop through Eucalyptus groves is nice but too close to freeway and mini storage to feel like you're in the wilderness...
This is a good easy hike. It might take you an hour if you are walking really slow.
Nice hike with dogs. Smelled good.