Marin County Open Space District: Deer Island Trail

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Marin County Open Space District: Deer Island Trail is a 1.8 mile 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.

1.8 miles
127 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

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

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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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

recorded day 4

trail running
Thursday, February 20, 2014

recorded 2014 1st

Thursday, January 02, 2014

recorded deer lake1

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

recorded Deer Island Solo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013