Deer Island Loop

Deer Island Open Space Preserve, California

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Deer Island Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Novato, California. It is within Deer Island Open Space Preserve. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 39 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 253 feet. Along the trail there is a wood.
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Deer Island Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Novato, California. It is within Deer Island Open Space Preserve. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 39 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 253 feet. Along the trail there is a wood. This trail connects with the following: De Borba Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Deer Island Open Space Preserve
Distance: 1.9
Elevation Gain: 253 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 39 feet
Top Elevation: 93 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Deer Island Open Space Preserve
Elevation Min/Max: 9/93 ft
Elevation Start/End: 39/30 ft

Deer Island Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike explores 135 acre Deer Island lying in a floodplain east of Novato. Good views in all directions. Good flowers in rainy years."

"Deer Island isn’t exactly an island. It is, rather, a 200-foot high hill that rises on the eastern edge of Novato and surrounded by seasonal wetlands. The 154-acre open space preserve lies within the extensive watershed of the Petaluma River Delta. Originally, Deer Island truly was an island, encircled by streams, marshes, wetlands, and the encroaching tides of San Pablo Bay. In the mid- 1800s, dikes were built and waterways were drained for pastureland, altering the landscape. This mini-refuge, where the hills meet the flood plain, is easily accessible and a popular get-away for local residents. A nearlevel trail loops around the perimeter of the preserve along the marsh’s edge. From the perimeter loop are a couple of short detours to overlooks. The trail leads through open grassland, pockets of California bay laurel, eucalyptus, and buckeye. A second trail climbs to the grassy ridge and follows the spine amid a mixed oak savannah. The ridge trail connects with the loop trail on each end."

"If you’re not a local, you’ll swear we’re leading you along here. In a mix of new, grand estates, thirty-year-old ranch homes, and a strip mall, no way will you think there was any place around to enjoy a little open space in this built-up area north of San Francisco. But the Deer Island Open Space Preserve is a little sliver of heaven. Joggers use the trail, as do hikers, horseback riders, and dog walkers. It really is an island that rises slightly above the surrounding wetlands. In the spring, when the oaks are leafing out and the grass is green, you’ll have the added thrill of looking down at the birdlife that will be searching for food in the flooded fields."

"If you’re not a local, you’ll swear we’re leading you along here. In a mix of new, grand estates, thirty-year-old ranch homes, and a strip mall, no way will you think there was any place around to enjoy a little open space in this built-up area north of San Francisco."

Deer Island Loop Reviews

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Trail is fairly flat and nice, moving in and out of the oak forest which is fantastic. Views of the marsh is great. Dogs are allowed only on leash, which can make it difficult for some dogs who like to run. Nice, easy trail. Will hike and run again and again.
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