Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Hike from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to The Muir Woods Visitor Center. There area spectacular ocean views, rushing creeks, and pretty waterfalls. Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's crown. Cutting deep into the landscape over millennia the water rushing through Webb Creek has created a spectacularly steep sided and lush canyon shaded by towering redwood trees and populated with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. The hike begins along the Dipsea Trail at Stinson Beach. It climbs gradually with many ocean views until you reach its' junction with the Steep Ravine Trail. From here it climbs 1000 ft. to Pantoll ranger station in 1.5 miles. It may seem difficult and steep, but we did not find it too bad. There are two significant waterfalls along Webb Creek in Steep Ravine. The upper one is interesting because you have to climb up the waterfall via a 10 ft. high ladder. These waterfalls are best seen in the winter or early spring months, after there has been a lot of rain. Once at Pantoll, cross the highway and head back down to Stinson Beach via the Matt Davis trail. You will find more great ocean views on this trail. Many people like to do this hike in the reverse direction, going up Matt Davis trail and down Steep Ravine. But the Matt Davis trail is longer (4 miles) and it is all up hill if you go this way. You can also start this loop from the Pantoll station: http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/dipsea-steep-ravine-matt-davis-loop-trail-from-pantoll
Feb 5, 2017- Great for trail running. We ran though mist and light rain. It was magical.
Kind of hard for a beginner like me. Definitely take a big water bottle to refill at Pantoll. Such beautiful views, was definitely one of my favorite hikes. Make sure to give yourself ample time to come back before the sun sets.
Nice hike but heavily trafficked. The cataract falls were the highlight for me. Medium intensity with gradual climbs. A lot of this trail is in the open so wear sunblock.
Awesome hike and absolutely one of my favorites of all time. We parked right next to the Matt Davis trailhead and walked over to start the loop from the Dipsea trailhead. All kinds of terrain but my absolute favorite was watching the sunset from the meadows of the Matt Davis trail. We stopped a lot to take pictures so it unfortunately got dark towards the end...make sure you plan accordingly! Beautiful and enjoyable nevertheless.
So many great picture spots. Beautiful waterfalls as well as a breathtaking view of the ocean from the top. There are some steep inclines (hence the name steep ravine) so be prepared as it's a long hike. Watched the sunset from the Matt Davis Trail and it was super nice. I packed a windbreaker because another reviewer said it was windy at the top, but I ended up wearing just a t-shirt the whole time. Did this hike with a couple friends and I plan on coming back and exploring the other routes!
Fantastic hike. Did this with my boys today (10, 9 and 6), and they rocked it. The waterfalls are amazing. The ladder was unexpected, but a fun twist for them. Windy! bring a windbreaker.