Deer Island Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Novato, California 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.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips

trail running


bird watching

no shade

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

15 days ago

Nice and easy/short trail if you need to burn a bit of time... very flat and easy

7 months ago

This hike is nearby where I used to work. It's relaxing and easy. I recommend taking the De Borba Trail over the top as it gives the best view. I've spotted a handful of great horned owls and gopher snakes on this trail.

10 months ago

Scenery: 2 Views: 2 Difficulty: 1 Crowds: 2 Shade: 2 My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above: 5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP 4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park 4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail 5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park 5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park 4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park 4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail 5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak 4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Love this one...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The trail was pretty easy to find and navigate. Our Golden puppy brought back 6 ticks!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Perfect for beginners. A bit muddy after the rain, give it a week to dry out. Beautiful views. Pleasant random wild turkey encounters.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beautiful views. Easy-to-follow walking trail. Goes in a nice 2-mile loop. 3/4 in direct sun, so lather on sunscreen.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Lovely trail, lots of water and birds to look at. We went up de borba trail which gave some nice views. Hawks circling and crying, woodpecker and we passed and were passed by NO OTHER PEOPLE.

Friday, September 09, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

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

Sunday, July 03, 2011

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

Friday, September 03, 2010

Nice hike with dogs. Smelled good.

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