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Deer Island Open Space Preserve

Marin, California

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  • The trailhead at Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Views of Marin from Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Power tower in Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Buckeye tree (Aesculus californica).- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Buckeye tree (Aesculus californica).- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve is a great spot for dogs on leash.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) in Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • A trail marker in Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Wetlands in Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve.- Deer Island Open Space Preserve
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Accessible. Many trails to choose from.
Cons: 
Small preserve.
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Region:
Marin, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
170.00 ft (51.82 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
23.00 ft (7.01 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Deer Island is a 154-acre open space preserve hidden along the city of Novato's back roads. No longer an actual island, the park was once part of Novato's wetlands, and even hosted a dairy farm, the remnants of which can still be seen today. The preserve is popular among joggers and dog walkers.

There are many options for short hikes in Deer Island. There is a 2-mile loop that surrounds the preserve and various trails crossing over the hill. The park is small and easy to navigate; however, starting with the trail directly over the hill will give you a perfect orientation and nice views of Marin and the wetlands. The trail will eventually descend back down to the loop. Here you can choose left or right, both of which will bring you back to the trailhead. Keep your eye open for hawks along the trail, and remember that dogs are only allowed on leash.

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