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I hiked this starting by Rocky Point on Hwy 1. Absolutely beautiful hike, I clocked it as much longer than 6.8 miles. Granted I did stop at the Stinson Beach market and got a little lost at the top of the Matt Davis trail but still ended up at about 11 miles including walking up (and back down) from Steep Ravine cabins. It was challenging for me but I would do it again in a second! Make sure to bring plenty of water, it was super hot and sunny up top. From start to finish back to Steep Ravine it took me 4 hours.

This is one of my favorite hikes! You get a little bit of everything, the Redwood Forest, amazing ocean view, wildflowers that surround you, a nice ocean breeze to carry you down. I would definitely recommend hiking boots for doing the whole Loop, and long sleeves and long pants to trudge through the wild flower bushes.

Great day hike. Took us about 6hrs to complete, with a lunch stop at one of the waterfalls. Note there’s currently a detour around the Sunset-Dool leg, so just factor in another mile or so.

Red Hill is the tougher trail! We took a pup and she dis great for the full 7 mi. We parked at the camp ground and started there but realized most people park at Shell Beach. Works either way as long as you start out early enough to finish before sunset!

This is a good hike. I wasn't prepared to share the trail with bikes. Lots of bikes. And much of the trail is over pasture with cattle grazing, so lots of cow patties and, you know, the aroma. The Sunset Beach Trail is my favorite option of the two, having done both.

This is a beautiful trail. I would say more moderate than hard. We powered through in under 4 hours, but good trail to stop for lunch by the falls and enjoy the scenery.

MOSQUITO CITY! Be prepared! Arrived 8:45a on a Sunday. Plenty of parking, but lots of people milling around. Once I got on the trail, only encountered a few groups, mostly near the trailhead. Was glad I did the loop clockwise, so I was going downhill on Meteor trail, which was by far the prettiest part of the hike. It’s a narrow ravine full of ferns and a few Redwood groves. Kind of a fairyland, made more magical by the fact that I was all alone there. Except for the mosquitos. The rest of the hike was pleasant.

We finished nearly 12 miles in 4 hours, the elevation gain was less than 2000ft, it’s a moderate trail for regular hikers. It has beautiful redwood trees, falls and creeks along the way, 98% of the time we are in shade. I didn’t even need my sunglasses. It’s a great hike for the summer time.

5 days ago

Trail is not well marked or maintained

Easy walk down to the beach. You can book to camp there too. Finding parking on top was a pain since there’s very limited space. There was no swing when I went.

It has many ups and downs. I got very tired during the last .5 miles.

I'm not exactly in great shape, nor do I go on hikes very often, so I admit I almost decided to just stay at the beach after seeing the trail wind up and up into the hills. I'm so glad I didn't. Absolutely beautiful views of the Russian River valley, the coast, Jenner, and the mountain ranges. Arrived early and only ran into one other person, otherwise just forests, fields, a huge assortment of birds, beetles and butterflies and a morning well spent. Went up Pomo first and came back on Red Hill - you get a good workout but plenty of places to stop and relax.

Great hike!! I’ve done it twice now and love it for a solid work out. Be aware that it’s actually 6.6 miles roundtrip, not 5.3. Also, the first 2-3 miles on the way back from Muir beach is almost entirely up hill... something to keep in mind. Highly recommend if you want a good work out.

My favorite hike in the Bay Area! Tho, we go the opposite direction.

I hiked this trail in July of 2017, and it was not very difficult for an active person. The steps going up and down were hard on my legs at times but nothing worth being sore over.

I hiked this trail in trail running shoes and packed only about 1 liter of water which was enough. We hiked down to the beach. Then, we relaxed, ate and took a nap before going back up.

I hiked this trail again in June of 2018 with my 8 year old son and mother. We got almost to the top but turned around because of the weather. It was very cloudy, misty and definitely could feel the droplets towards the top. It was such a beautiful experience going on a day it wasn’t sunny, though!

We packed light on water, about 1 liter per person and didn’t take any breaks except to drink water.

We are tied to hikes that allow dogs. We are running out of places but happy to find this trail. Coming from the East Bay in Walnut Creek it was very pleasant to have a sea breeze and a touch of fog. Not the typical trail found in the east bay. We loved it. Only managed 3 miles but a nice get away from home.
Lots of birds, brown pelicans are abundant here.

Really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this trail... the steady ascent up the Miwok worked our lungs but didn’t overwhelm us, and the views as we picked up the Coastal were lovely (we were lucky enough to get a fog-free, sunny day). We were tired and cut over back to the parking spot along the Lagoon trail instead of going down to the point, will have to check that out next time.

Gorgeous hike through the trees and grassland on a beautiful, sunny, and warm day. We started at the top, parked in the Bootjack lot (adding ~1 mile), went down Matt Davis and up Dipsea and Steep Ravine. Just an archetypal GGNRA hike, in the variety and beauty of the surroundings, level of strenuousness, and length. A wonderful day and route.

hiking
13 days ago

I went through the whole loop - throughthe “closed area” and back down. Watch out for the poison oak on the south part of the trail. Definitely wear real hiking boots/shoes for this trail. The path is a bit eroded in parts and you’ll need the extra footing.

Amazing. A must-do.

Hiked on July 4th. This trail was not crowded at all! Consider it as a hard hike and save energy to the second part. First part is downhill, second uphill.

Great way to escape the busy week days! Beautiful scenery and perfect weather. Bring plenty of water and snacks! Waterfalls were a sight to see as well as the banana slugs! Would definitely hike again, quick drive from the Bay Area!

Wonderful trail. The waterfalls is amazing! Some parts of the trail have been closed, but we found another way.

Great hike through some beautiful old growth redwood forest with some mixed chaparral as well. A little longer than advertised—I measured it on my GPS at 5.5 mi.

A fairly easy hike with absolutely stunning views and cool weather

You can start the hike right from the street or drive all the way down to the beach but we stopped somewhere in between, at the blind beach sign. It’s a short zig zag down ending with a pretty cool staircase. The stairs are a bit difficult to traverse but once you are on the beach it’s definitely worth it! The beach is secluded with tons of driftwood, rocks, and oyster shells . We had a fun time exploring and letting the dogs roam around.

walking
18 days ago

The trails start just up the street from the parking lot to the right and are pretty well marked. There’s effectively no elevation change, and one of the options further from the cliff’s edge is basically a fire road - so it’s an easy stroll. Lovely coastal views abound!

And of course, the beach is nice too, which is accessible from the parking lot.

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