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Beautiful views on nice, well marked trails. A hidden gem

Beautiful and varied views! Very exposed for maybe a third of the way so bring sun protection

Loved the scenic trail. Listen to everyone’s advice and go counter clockwise. You’ll see a lot of beauty sceneries and feel like you’ve just stepped into the tropical wilderness. It’s about 4 miles to get to the top and you come to a rest stop for bathrooms, water fountains, guest information center, and vending machines. We were glad we brought enough water because we were almost out of water by the time we got to the rest stop.The climb was tough, but possible and be prepared to climb a ladder or climb down one if you are going clockwise. Once you finish the 6-7 mile trail you can enjoy lunch at the local restaurant near the beach. Go early in the morning because the sun will shine down at ya around 12 and it’ll get pretty warm.

Nice hike with lots of shade. Ended up being a bit longer - I tracked close to 9 Miles. There is a paved parking lot with space for 30-40 cars and I found a spot easily on Sat afternoon. There are some inclines but mostly just short bursts. Very easy to get lost because there are a lot of trails - make sure you’re constantly checking your AllTrails map. There was a port-a-potty in the parking lot as well as one half way through (and some picnic tables). Not many people on the trail.

Actually a really cool hike. Started the hike with the Matt Davis trail and finished with the dipsea trail. Steep ravine was probably the best part of the hike you feel like you are in a different world. Over all very diverse scenery throughout the hike.

You have to park on the side of the road to access this hike since there is no public parking lot. The trailhead is at an equestrian center, but it’s not clear whether the public can park there or not, so I just parked on the street.

There are no redwoods on the first section of trail and the scenery in that section was very dry in early September. Eventually you get to the redwoods which while it’s the most interesting part of the hike, still never offers any expansive views.

There are some fairly steep climbs for short distances, so if you are taking someone new to hiking prepare them to expect that. It’s not the most difficult thing ever, but this trail does have some climbs.

Overall, there weren’t enough views for me to want to hike this more than once.

One of the most colorful hikes I’ve ever been on. Went around 1030 and finished around 2pm. The clouds hanging over the first part of the hike made the place feel pretty magical. I enjoyed the different sceneries offered with each part of the hike and even saw an owl. Love it!

nice trail, lots of shade, lots of people

Good route. I've done other hikes from Grey Whale Cove this was the first deserving of the hard rating. The combination of the two steep sections and that you tackle the entire 2k incline in the first part of the hike keeps you on your toes.

I chose to hike up to the peak and then run down, with a few exceptions where it was too steep to run and stay in control.

Most part of the trail has shadows, therefore is suitable for summer. View is great!

amazing hike with good views

Going clockwise means steep climbs in the first mile. Everything else is smooth sailing.

Beautiful and diverse scenery, with elevation changes to keep things interesting. You get to walk through amazingly dense redwood forests, climb a wooden ladder, and (if going clockwise) the views open up as far as San Francisco on a clear day.

enjoyed this loop very much. scenery was beautiful!

Great hike with gorgeous views of the peninsula. From the top, you'll be able to see Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais off in the distance. There are two really steep sections of the trail. Namely, the section right at the beginning near the parking lot area and the last section of the Fly Amanita trail (the narrow one with a bunch of switchbacks that goes through a forested section) before you meet up with Old San Pedro Mountain Road. It wasn't easy getting down the latter (which was at least a 50-degree slope)—we had to slide down the dirt right at the junction.

One of the best hikes i have been in a long time. Beautiful pacific ocean views, very well maintained and very amazing surprises(in a good way) during the hike with such a dense forest like atmosphere with fog and light drizzle, felt like as if i was in a rainforest. I would do this hike again and again. A day well spent with hike and relax at the beach. You can park your car at the Stinson beach park where the start/end points meet. We spotted whales while on the beach which was another best part of the trip. Beautiful weather, though it was cloudy yet was warm enough at the beach.
One suggestion: Please download the Alltrails mobile app and follow through the trail loop on the map, so that you don’t get lost from your path. It will help you a big time. To do this you don’t have to purchase the pro version or download maps. Even though you don’t have network it will still spot you on the map with a blue bubble(same like how google maps does). I have seen some people getting lost so wanted to share so that it will benefits others. Hope this helps.

Great trail but the opening paragraph of the hike description is very misleading. It starts out by saying you can hike to the muir visitor center and then back to Stinson. This actually contradicts the map. If you followed what was written you would hike the trail to muir visitor center which is off the intended hiking trail and actually sent me up the dipsea trail vs steep ravine. No big deal as I got back on track but you need to rewrite the opening paragraph.

An hour to the top of Mt. Livermore. Great views even on a foggy day. Wear layers, bring a hydration pack, and snackage.
Leave wiggle room for arrival and departure times because anything can and will happen.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike to the peak of Livermore was about an hour to the top. Getting to the peak where that antenna thingy is tricky. There was a tiny path with a lot of shrubbery, but we got there.

Lots of great views even though it was a bit foggy. Bring water, snackage, and a pack. Plan for two optional ferry arrivals and departures. It’s always good to leave extra wiggle time for unexpected traffic, short breaks, and anything else that may come up.

Awesome trail with variety of scenery.

We've started this loop anticlock wise.
Still believe was a smart decision.
I wouldn't rate it hard, more like moderate/medium.
It is 8.6 miles not 7.1.
Either way you go you are going to hike in the sun for 1.5 miles, the rest is just beautiful shady redwoods.

Gorgeous hike that offers a huge variety of scenery. We hiked this in reverse (a less popular choice) and it was amazing! Starting at the Matt Davis trailhead near the fire station, you hike mostly uphill to the Pantoll visitor center. The visitor center roughly marks the halfway point, and offers restrooms and a drinking fountain to refill your water bottle. Then you proceed to the steep ravine and dipsea trails, with great views of the ocean and a pleasant ocean breeze on the way back. Absolutely breathtaking!

hands down one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on, the prettiest part being Steep Ravine. when your walking through Redwoods with the babbling creek next to you it looks like the Forest of Endor. I'd suggest going In March-May, everything is greener then, but I went a couple weeks ago and it was still great. at a moderate pace finished in about 3 hours.

this is pretty similar to Mission Peak but with way better views and less people. definitely go before noon because it'll get hot. at a moderate pace finished in about 2 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail especially the Steep Ravine portion. Beautiful ravine with the added shade of our coastal Redwoods! Park free at Stinson and end your hike relaxing at the beach. Complete day!

From the Matt Davis which quickly opens up to beautiful, rolling hills overlooking the Pacific into switchbacking down through evergreen forests to the open coastal trail of the Dipsea to a gorgeous, shaded Redwood forest along Webb Creek on the Steep Ravine, this hike has it all.

A couple short-but-tight street walks/crossings (from Pantoll across to Matt Davis and in town to Dipsea trailhead) so beware of traffic.

We parked at the Pantoll station and hiked Steep Ravine to Dipsea. Lunch at Stinson. Back up Matt Davis. Did not care for Matt Davis. A lot of poison oak and not nearly as pretty as Steep Ravine/Dipsea. Quite the climb on a warm late afternoon as well. Good workout dripping sweat the first couple miles on Matt Davis though so...there's that. We hiked Friday, July 20th. Trails weren't terribly crowded. We passed about five or six groups and a couple of solo hikers on the way down. One runner. A few solo hikers coming down Matt Davis while we climbed up.

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