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Deer Camp Fire Road, Old Quarry and Michako Loop

MODERATE 137 reviews
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Deer Camp Fire Road, Old Quarry and Michako Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,118 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


no shade

From the Novato Valley, this oak-studded mountain rises 1,558 feet to a summit which offers breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area. Along the way, visitors pass through lush grasslands and impressive forests that contain some of the finest (and oldest) specimens of oak and bay trees in Marin. From the gate off of San Andreas Dr, take the Deer Camp Fire Road then take the Cobblestone Fire Road to the highest point along the trail. Complete the loop by taking Old Quarry Trail to San Carlos Fire Road, then Michako Trail to return to the trailhead.

no shade
washed out
17 days ago

2 months ago

love the views

3 months ago

Lovely hike. Went early in the morning, saw few people 'til after 8am. We went up Dear Camp Fire Road and down Old Quarry Trail (as described above). Coming down on the rocky dry steep Old Quarry was challenging. Next time we'd try going up Michako to Old Quarry and down Dear Camp Fire Road.

Awesome trail with great views of the bay. We went in reverse and it was a pretty steep descent on the way down.

8 months ago

I run here with my dog a lot. The description is incorrect. Dogs are allowed off leash under voice control on the fire roads. You need to carry a leash and poo bags.

11 months ago

Good workout, we went counterclockwise and took a left up before the little cement house (trail not on all-trails map) to middle fire road and then connect with the rest of the loop, went out the fire road for a view and lunch. Total was 6.3 miles

Monday, October 15, 2018

Nice hike! Awesome view! My husband and I did it last week

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Nice loop with well marked trail

Monday, September 24, 2018

Great hike!

Monday, August 06, 2018

Nice short trail. As you can see on the map, there are lots of fire roads that can be mistaken by the trail. If you want a better workout, do it counterclockwise (steeper going up that way). There's some peculiar historical information about the area. Also, lots of turkey vultures flying by the tower on top (taking advantage orographic lift).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nice view

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beautiful trail. Lots of y’all grass, watch out for ticks, and rolling hills. The climb was easy and nothing to strenuous.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Super hot are dry but fun. Does have a steep climb in the beginning.

bird watching
Monday, March 05, 2018

Beautiful hike, great views when you get to the top - it was a clear day and we could see the Bay, bridges and city. We also saw turkey vultures, red kites, woodpeckers, and even a couple of newts in addition to the fluffy cows! A great hike, especially for spring or fall when it's not too hot.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This was a great trail nice elevation gain. This would be perfect for a spring or fall hike. Not much shade, but great views.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

The trail was quiet but quite hot and dusty. I took several of the off road trails to keep cooler

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dewarf Oak trail easy picturesque.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great location for dogs!

Monday, January 30, 2017

I've hiked the trail a few times and now will post these 4.5 stars. I've only hiked the full 5.23 mile loop to the top and not the tribs, but have a love/hate relationship going up the very rocky Old Ouarry Trail segment. Hot and dry during the summer, only slightly more forgiving in January. Cows with plenty of water runoff from the rains. Enjoy!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beautiful open trail. Great views of the bay when it's clear!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful views and oak trees. Will keep coming back until I see the cows!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dogs are allowed off leash on fire roads

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Quarry Trail is called that for a reason! It's rocky as hell. But joking aside, I was blown away by the classic California landscape. I'll be back!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Had a great day hiking with the kids. They didn't find the trails difficult.

horseback riding
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wide-open trails lots of rocks

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice loop trail with some good views...can be hot as it's largely in the open. The steer will also keep you company.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Good hike. Good elevation in spots. Watch out for cows! Great views.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


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