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Awesome trail with variety of scenery.

hiking
2 days ago

We did this hike last year and loved it. It went a lot faster than I expected. The cross at the top was fun to see in person (and not just in Dirty Harry). A great SF stroll.

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.

hiking
3 days 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.

Started at 9am & finished a little passed noon, totaling 7.5 miles. Started at Dipsea & veered further by hiking the borders of the ocean coast, then crossed over to the Matt Trail. The incline at the beginning was definitely a burn, but a great workout. It was hot, but cooled down in the shaded areas on Matt Trail. Very little water in the creeks. No waterfall. There is a restroom at the parking lot between the 2 trails. Trails were very clean. Views were beautiful. Saw lots of blue dragonflies on the Matt Trail. Would love to do this hike again in the spring or after a good rain.

Amazing views! It took us 4 hours with 4 kids (5 years old - 10). Little dusty during August. Recommend to start with with the harder trail, the Dipsea Trail.

Great hike! Did it clockwise, and It was nice walking down with the view in the end. However I think I would have preferred the other direction. On the top of the open grassland take some of the smaller trails to get further up on the boulders visible from the trail. Amazing view over the beach, SF skyline and on clear days you can see the entire Bay Area!

One of the great California hikes. Mostly shady. Wide variety of bio communities.

Don't be like us - check the weather beforehand so you don't end up hiking here when it's 100° outside

hiking
12 days ago

Lots of up up hill on this hike depending on which end you start. There are many trails off of this trail to extend you hike but bring plenty of water. It’s easy to get lost even with a map. Ended up near BullFrog Campgrounds. That being said our 5.2 mile hike was 9.7 miles. However it’s a great workout and much warmer than you would think for the woods. Lots of sun up on the ridge. Can’t say it enough, bring lots of water!

Just as all the other reviews have said, this is a beautiful hike with a lot of diverse scenery! Whether you start with Dipsea (as we did) or with Matt Davis, the ascent is mostly in the shade, which is nice. The trailhead on the map looks like it's on the same side of Shoreline Highway as Stinson Beach, but it is actually across the street and you will see where the steps immediately start ascending (if you're starting with Dipsea Trail, that is).

Gorgeous hike. Took the Dipsea Trail and the Matt Davis back to be awarded with beautiful scenic views of the fog cover and ocean...

Great trail so beautiful the view up there .. so worth it!!!

Nike Missile base is just a dirt patch

Pretty chill hike, pack water if it’s summer bc it can get hella hot

Beautiful. Steep unfinished steps.

LOVE this trail! SO beautiful, a lot of different types of scenery. Highly recommend!

What a great hike. Incredibly beautiful!

hiking
28 days ago

Armstrong Woods is just the most beautiful place! And if you love redwoods, you must visit this park. Being new to hiking, the East Ridge trail portion of this loop seemed pretty doable on 'paper', at 2.2 miles. It can be approached from either the parking area at the park entrance, or by walking out to the picnic area (both places have bathrooms), about 0.7 miles first. I liked the latter, since it gave me a chance to warm up. As others have pointed out, this trail starts out (either approach) and continues to be quite steep, lots of inclines/declines and seems more "moderate" than "easy" . Being new at this, I appreciated that there were trail markers, and benches to sit at several points. I also like that there were no bikes or dogs allowed - it kept the trail less busy. Brought trekking poles - very helpful with the steep ups and downs. First time took me about 1.25 hours. Trail very well maintained and incredible beauty throughout. Take care with tree roots, as others have pointed out.

Stunning...the shifting landscapes make this dynamic and always engaging. I started up Dispea and Steep Ravine to Pantol Station. This portion is through dense and beautiful forest. There’s a charming ladder to climb over a large boulder. From Pantol Station the Matt Davis Trail is a nice descent back to Stinson Beach. The day I was there the trail seemed to intersect where the fog hit the land to the left of me and a beautiful clear blue sky to my right. Not only one of the most beautiful sightings on a trail but one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen ever. It was fairly heavily trafficked but it was a Saturday. It’s a great hike.

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.

Great hike. Highest place I’ve gotten to in my backyard

So thankful for all of the shade! Definitely saved me on a hot morning. The uphill climbing was a littleeee rough but the views at summit made it all worth it!

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.

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