Explore the most popular Forest trails in Mount Tamalpais State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Such a solid hike -- mix of everything, good challenge, and all kinds of terrain. Perfect for a sunny day and end up back at Stinson to check out the beach and get some beer at the shop nearby.

We started the hike this morning around 9:40am from Matt Davis trailhead just before the fire station, made our way up going straight uphill to the Pantoll campground. It was strenuous uphill and ratter challenging since we started off so fast at the beginning (having a good breakfast would have helped) then made our way down to Steep Revine and Dipsea trails. My recording showed a total of 8.3 miles which we finished in a little less than 4 hours; 3hrs 40min 30sec to be exact. Was a great workout. Mostly shaded trails with some muddy parts here and there.

Gorgeous trail but I was expecting a little more. The first half propose a nice view of the ocean but it’s pretty boring. The fun part starts in the second half, where you start climbing back. Lot of small waterfalls and big trees. I overall recommend it!

cut it short and headed back to make it 6 miles

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5 days ago

Drops down to canyon then takes you up to the Alice Eastwood picnic area, then back the way you came. Great workout.

Absolutely beautiful views

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bridge out
8 days ago

Started on the dipsea trail from Stinson Beach and went all the way to Muir Woods, then made way back up to the dipsea trail through Muir Woods and took a cross path called old mine trail up to steep ravine trail which eventually led back to dipsea and to the starting point at Stinson. Highly recommendable if you’re looking for diverse sceneries from astounding ocean views to being deep in the redwoods alongside creeks. Pretty strenuous but there is a few water fountains/refill stations. All around absolutely worth it and gives off a very mystical vibe almost the whole way.

Beautiful hike! We started at Pan Toll and went counterclockwise on Matt Davis to Stinson Beach. Hung out on the beach. Climbed up Dipsea trail to Steep Ravine. Steep is definitely correct! It’s a great workout!

Phenomenal! Went counter clockwise on the trail, about 2 miles in there are plenty of views and overlooks to have lunch at. Would definitely be back, with sandwiches next time!

The hike up was awesome! It was shady most of the way to the top. Downhill was mostly open dirt road without much shade.

This hike was recommended by the ranger when I asked for a nice 6 mile hike. It was magnificent, albeit my second hike in the SF area. A great mix of views, creeks, and forest.

Amazing trail with lots of variety—beautiful redwoods, lots of waterfalls, arid portions, all without much traffic. Accidentally did it backwards by going right at the first fork. Ended up enjoying doing the steep portions up hill at the beginning and cool down on the leisurely descend.

The best hike in the Bay Area in my opinion. So many different ways you can approach East peak from Stinson, this is a “figure eight” that gives you the most diversity of trails. Get to Stinson before 8am to beat traffic.

Excellent loop thru the redwoods. Stop for a beer at mountain home inn.

Very pretty! Ended up being closer to 4.7 miles.

Our second time doing this hike, and we loved it even more this time. It was a clear day and we saw amazing views of downtown SF and the golden gate Bridge from the trail! Bring water, snacks and follow the trail map closely. We accidentally followed the dipsea trail instead of steep ravine and climbed up 1 mile of steps before realizing our mistake and turning back around. Good moderate hike, can be done by people who don't usually do this trail length as long as you go slow. Great for trail running!

Wonderful trail. The hike back up was a real workout for an average guy like me.

One of the best hikes - super green and creek along the way to reach the falls.

Wonderful views, varied landscape, not too too crowded.

Beautiful trail! Showed up around 2pm and finished just at sunset. The ladder is real and will satisfy your fantasy hike needs

Stunning views and a great hike!

Fantastic day to hike! The trails were mostly damp , but we ran into a few pockets of muddy spots too. We arrived at 0930 and parking was already filled up in several parking lots. Too many people do this trail on the weekends. This trail is so much better on a weekday due to the high volume of crowds. The entire loop was 8 miles at 1883 ft elevation. Not recommended for a beginner hiker. Very strenuous upward climb the first 3 miles.

Easy trail to follow, I wouldn't call it difficult. The climb up the rocks to the peak of the mountain was a little steep but short and had the best views. It was very cloudy when I went so I only saw a glimpse of the city. On the way back I took fern creek trail to railroad grade fire road which joined back with the original trail at the inn. It had some steep steps going down, went through a creek and was more in the woods which was a nice change of scenery. The directions take you to a small pullout on the side of the road with the trail entrance on the right. There is some parking below for the campground if the lot is full.

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