Explore the most popular walking 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.

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!

More like 16 miles.

The last two miles are very steep.

Lots of good and diverse views

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.

Beautiful views. Easy to hike, we started at Stinson Beach to hike uphill first.

One of my favorite trail at Mt Tamalpais State Park.

I love this trail. It has many interesting features. If you go while it’s misty it adds even another element of beauty. One of my local favorites for sure.

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.

Definitely one of my favorite trails!

Started early for this hike: on road by 6 on the trail by 730. Easy parking early ona. Cold winter's day but easy to imagine the town fills up fast under different circumstances. I took the Matt Davis trail up to the inn and then the old fire road to the fern trail. Nothing to challenging I may try to attack it from the willow camp trail next time since it's more challenging. Beautiful views, lots of clearly marked trails, hard to get lost.

16 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 way to start the year!

Great way to start the year!!!

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

I hike this trail often, one of my favorites. I like to start at Pantoll Ranger Station. Get there before 9a if you want parking in the lot. I start down Steep Ravine, it's such a magical place. If dragons and wizards ever existed, this is where they lived. The climb down is beautiful. Watch the calendar for races because Steep Ravine is used for their marathons and half marathons. The trail opens up at the foothill of the mountain and you are in riparian growth overlooking the Pacific. Absolutely gorgeous. I take this down to Stinson Beach where we have our packed lunches (PB&J for me). Then head back up on the Matt Davis trail. This is a good climb back up. All levels can do this climb. It's a gradual climb and some areas where it flattens out to catch your breath. Don't get me wrong, you will burn off your lunch on this trail but it's so worth it. There is plenty of shade and coolness no matter the time of the year. But it can be muddy if you're going during the rainy season but don't let it stop you. There are parts of the trail where it opens up to tease you with views of the Pacific as you get higher and higher. As you near the top you will be out in the open. If it's sunny, it will be very warm. You are exposed but not for long until you're under a canopy again. The trail ends back at the Pantoll Ranger station parking lot.

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22 days ago

Super short on time so we couldn’t do the trail, but wanted to see the iconic theater. It was lovely—it must be magical to see a production here.

Short and spectacular. Worth every step.

We traveled 3 mi in and back from above Stinson beach. Well travelled but still rustic and narrow in places. Shaded in mixed redwood forest with stream and waterfall plus viewing of the coast from flat rock about a mile into the hike. We encountered many friendly hikers, some on long distance treks from the coastal trail and others just taking an out and back hike like us. Parking is challenging but good payoffs at your choice of cafes along Stinson beach.

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!!!

Best hike in the Bay Area. Good mix of ecosystems and wildlife, while providing a good workout through length and climb.

Very steep, and slippery when muddy! But very pretty trail, and saw several deer.

Did this loop on the way back to Stinson Beach after summiting the East Peak. Went from PanToll Ranger Station, down Steep Ravine and up the DipSea trail to return back at the PanToll Station. Certainly a fun loop, but i must say Steep Ravine is my favorite part still. The bridge that connects the DipSea Trail to the Steep Ravine leads to an insane section of stairs that doesnt break for what felt like 150 steps. And these are steep. After you summit the stairway to death it leads to a much flatter section of single track that seems to follow the hills. When i went today, it was extraordinarily misty so i could not see what laid beyond, for all i know it offers views of the ocean. However, the Steep Ravine trail has a couple set of stairs that are brutal but not deadly, and a small ladder to climb. Other than that its a beautiful steady climb following a small creek, which was flowing today and has quite a few waterfalls to check out! There are a few switchbacks, allowing you to truly check out the old ferns surrounding you. If you only get to take one of the trails, Steep Ravine is my go-to, but this loop was a fun addition to my day!

Any hike that includes the Steep Ravine trail is absolutely amazing! This is clearly the gem of this area of the Mt. with a tons of covered scenery to look at, a few bridge crossings with small waterfalls, and a fun 10ft ladder to climb which is different and interesting. The Matt Davis trail is quite a bit more open, so make sure you plan accordingly. Thankfully the weather normally doesn’t get insane as the ocean helps mediate it, but the sun can really take you by surprise. There are a good number of stairs, so the elevation on this is fairly condensed allowing for long breaks of flat trail mixed in with long stretches of uphill. All in all, this will be one you will remember!

ocean, trees, & fresh air, does it get better?

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