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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

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.

One of my favorite trail at Mt Tamalpais State Park.

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.

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.

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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.

Short and spectacular. Worth every step.

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.

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?

Coming back down Miller Trail is a treat. Steep, Wet, Moist, Moss, Ferns, creek. Very cool little unknown return trail. Worth checking out. We love it.

We started by the fire station trailhead- that way gives you a steep climb to start the trail. Going the other direction is a longer, steady climb.

Phone gps trackers put the total hike at about 7.2 miles.

Trail pretty well maintained and easy to follow- we never found ourselves wondering which trail to follow.

There is a nice outcrop with a good view of Stinson beach- maybe around 1.5 miles in.

Nice changes between forests, grass hills, and then along a creek on the Dipsea trail portion.

All in all, a good hike.

Remember to dress in layers..

It was good morning hike. We started about 9 am and finished by 11:30 am. There was a sign post showing Lost trail, but someone broke it and we thought we missed the trail, but my hunch was correct and came back from Panoramic Hwy and corrected the sign temporarily and told ranger to repair the sign post.

My dad and I hiked this on a Tuesday felt like it was just us I suggest parking at Stinson beach beautiful views saw a coyote deer squirrel birds finished in three hours amazing time bring a friend or family member and do it!!!

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2 months ago

We've driven past this trailhead for years and never stopped to check it out, until 2 weeks ago. Glorious Fall day with clear skies, not very hot, perfect for hiking! Made it almost all the way to Muir Beach before we decided to head back and get lunch in Mill Valley. Saw a garter snake sunning on the trail, always a plus to get some wildlife viewing!

I hiked in the Steep Ravine from the Pantoll. The scenery in the wooded area is beautiful. There were flies or gnats the first .5 mile from the Pantoll which were a little annoying but otherwise very serene.

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