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Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 152 reviews
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Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, CA 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.

6.8 miles 1666 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

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


10 days ago


11 days ago

hiking

Went through the whole loop, it was amazing. There's different scenery from an open meadow to lots of lush greenery.


16 days ago


18 days ago

we enjoyed the trail... beautiful. We started on the M. Davis & ended on the Steep Revive which was good for us. We hope to do it again.


22 days ago

a great full loop if you go straight up Steep Ravine instead of Dipsea.


26 days ago

hiking

Amazing hike!! Best way to go is to park down at Stinson beach and go up the road where you will find trial head for dipsea. Take dipsea and steep ravine up to staging area then take Matt Davis back down, makes for a relaxing cool down after hiking up steep ravine


1 month ago


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful from the forested trail to the scenic views of the bay to the refreshing endpoint of Stinson Beach.


1 month ago

hiking

Fantastic scenery. Did this with my wife and two kids (8 an 12 years old). Highly recommend it!


1 month ago

Beautiful!


1 month ago

Beautiful hike


2 months ago

hiking

I loved this hike, but it kicked my butt! Up Matt Davis is tree covered switchbacks, pleasant and meandering steep...Once up top, you open into a beautiful meadow with views of the ocean. Steep ravine portion is just that, a steep ravine, beautiful, downhill...can be hard on knees....picks up down at Dipsea and back into Stinson Beach....a great little street with a couple of nice little spots to grab lunch and a beer!


2 months ago

hiking

Great hike! Beautiful scenery with diverse landscapes: trees, river, beach, meadow.


2 months ago

Best hike of the week


2 months ago

hiking

Best hike of the year so far!


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago

Great Hike!!! Take.the time to soak it in, there is so much to see and appreciate!.