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Great trail, although the mud made it a bit challenging (my own fault for going the day after a big storm). Waterfalls were gorgeous as were the views. I went up on Davis and down on Dipsea - when I come back to do it again I’ll go in the opposite direction.

Conditions were great on the trail despite all the rain in the past few days.. just a little muddy at parts. On the way there was a part of the road that was flooded but it wasn't so high. The rain made the Steep Ravine part amazing, because it was gushing with water. My favorite part was the open view of the ocean and San Francisco city, as soon as you get out of the red woods on the Matt Davis trail going down. We took our time, made a few stops and were walking at an easy pace and it took us 3.5 hrs.

This is so awesome. Creeks, water falls, ferns hillside pastures, views. Just awesome

Has it all — steep ravines, flowing creeks, mini-waterfalls, redwood forests, amazing views of the ocean and the city (including Angel Island, top of the GG Bridge, and Farallon Islands on a clear day), and even a 10 foot ladder to climb. Recommend counterclockwise to enjoy the creek on the climb down and be stunned by spectacular views on the second half of the climb back up. Shady for much of the loop. Add a 1.4 mile hike (each way) to Stinson Beach at the bottom of the loop if extra time. Not overly crowded despite holiday weekend.

Really enjoyed hiking up the stairs under these huge trees and around the streams. Quite scenic. Was a great day!

hiking
3 days ago

Crowded, nice walk and views. Some trails not shown on the maps are not open to the public and they’re fun to explore.

Great trail, went up Davies and back down on the ravine. A little muddy but not bad or dangerous. This is one trail I take all visitors on.

One of my favorite trail at Mt Tamalpais State Park.

walking
10 days ago

Really beautiful and scenic coastal trail. The hooting of owls, flowers, and eucalyptus trees make for a great stroll.

This remains one of my favorite hikes in the Bay Area. I usually start at Pantoll Ranger Station, but on my most recent trip, I started at Stinson Beach and completed this in the opposite direction suggested: up Matt Davis and down Steep Ravine and Dipsea. The trail is a "best of" of hikes in the Bay Area in that you get a bit of everything: grassy fields with expansive views; redwoods; small streams amid forests of canyon oaks and eucalyptus; and, of course, Stinson Beach itself.

hiking
14 days ago

Very popular. Beautiful but lots of people.

walking
14 days ago

Great walk. Somehow in hilly SF, there are a lot of flat nature hikes and walks. This one has more incline which is nice. I suggest walking there and back rather than walking the loop so you can enjoy the coastal breathtaking views instead of the road. We decided to not turnaround or take the loop and instead we kept walking to Baker Beach, then through the Presidio and finally into the Marina for lunch. It took about 2 hours 15 mins or 7 miles and my Fitbit recorded I burned 780 calories!

It was a blast and we were exhausted after, but I couldn’t believe all the fantastic views we had! After, we Lyfted back to our car, but we could have Scooted or Jump Biked because the ride was through the Presidio and neighborhood streets. Excellent trek!

16 days ago

Beautiful views of ocean and bridge and lots of fun landmarks to see. We did this hike as the loop, part of which is the road, and if we did it again, would stick to an out and back on the coastal trail- this is where the best views were and felt more like a hike (vs. a walk along the road). Detour to labyrinth/beach was worth the stairs!

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike to complete in the morning! I imagine foot traffic picks up after 10-11am, as I noticed larger groups and families starting their hike while I was ending mine. I started at the Dipsea Trailhead, continued onto Steep Ravine and climbed down via Matt Davis. Good mix of shaded/open areas. I especially enjoyed the ocean and city views on the Matt Davis Trail. You could complete this trail multiple ways depending on where you park. I originally wanted to park at Stinson Beach, but the parking lot was closed, I'm assuming due to the government shut down. Instead, I took the risk and parked in a drop off zone next to the trailhead. I learned there is another parking lot at Pantoll Road, at the campground, so that's another option if Stinson's lot is closed. If you park at Pantoll, you could climb down via Matt Davis and hike back up via Dipsea & Ravine. Alternatively, you could hike down via Ravine/Dipsea and hike back up on Matt Davis. Overall, it's a nice Marin hike.

great wide trail with spectacular views on the mountain side

Must do in San Francisco. Lands End is a unique stand out among the stunning west coast (obviously there are plenty of other amazing spots as well) that’s incredibly accessible.

Great way to start the year!

Great way to start the year!!!

hiking
21 days ago

Great place for great views. Friendly for hitting, jogging. Easy “hike” for most kids, but there are some steps that need to be navigated so some could struggle a bit.

This was one of the best hikes I’ve been on.

24 days ago

Great place to go!

Trails along the lake and hills offer great views of the lake. Enjoyed the birds nesting in the grasslands...ducks, woodpeckers, herons, etc . Trails are great condition. Oak trees on the hills offer a bit of cover.

hiking
26 days ago

Love this app! Makes hiking easy and fun!

Go clockwise! Otherwise the hard part of the trail is at the end. Beautiful trail in the winter. I think this would be super hot in the summer. We had a great time.

Beautiful December day. Went with daughter around noon. Did it counterclockwise. It’s actually about 7.4 miles long. First half moderately strenuous and uphill. Second half easy but downhill and lots of rocks so wear good shoes. Beautiful all the way - redwoods, streams, ocean view, shade and sun. Moderate foot traffic but generally mellow folks around. Classic NorCal hike. We even spotted a big coyote - it crossed the trail, then climbed a hill and stared at us.

This trail is amazing! I think I logged almost 10 Miles. The scenery in the mountain on the trail was so beautiful. I had some hot tea on the beach and watched the dolphins. Then at 730am I hit the trail. Finished up with lunch and a beer at the Siren Canteen on the beach. Amazing time!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous short and beautiful trail with almost no people.

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