Great hike with beautiful views and some changes in terrain. As others mentioned the mapped trail is longer than 6.1 miles - you can keep it around 6 by skipping the U on Laurel Dell and cutting straight to the Cataract Trail earlier.

Empty trails, apocalyptic vibes

Medium trafficked loop we took CW. Matt Davis trail is absolutely gorgeous to the mount view Inn/overlook which has a perfect spot to picnic. The creek was a great addition.

First half is all in a beautiful wooded area, up against the creek and redwoods. No views at the summit but some once you get a bit further into the Matt Davis trail. Def not as many as views we were expecting, but it wasn’t a hard trail and was quiet! Gorgeous hike for the forest but not as much for views.

One of my favorite hikes! Starting at the fire station, I do this trail clockwise. It’s the perfect mix of shade and no shade, great view for lunch at the West Point inn. Beautiful trees and waterfalls along the way.

Warning: Suggested trailhead is from Muir Woods Parking lot - which requires pre-booking - and the trail runs through Muir Woods - which requires a fee. Enter on Panoramic Highway and do the trail counter-clockwise to avoid the fees. Also, as a result, parts of the trail are quite crowded.

Did the trail 3/1/20 and because there has been little rain, trail conditions were great. We began at Dipsea and went up Steep Ravine which is, as always, lovely. The trek up to the East Peak is fairly easy and hardly seems like you are going up, until the rocky scramble to the top. A great hike - we made it to the top in 3 hours and back down in about the same. Sadly the weather was a little cool and cloudy but still stellar views and wildflowers are starting now. My fitbit shows this as 16 miles... but they vary it seems.

Well used, well maintained. A trail I would do again. The Dipsea Trail heading up is picturesque and the Matt Davis Trail was a comfortable downward trail back to the beach. This is definitely the way I would do the trail again in the future. I took a couple of small detours and end up hiking 16km, I had planned for a 12-13km hike, so ensure you allow suitable time to enjoy the trail. The reward at the end is Stinson Beach and putting weary legs in the cool of the ocean.

I’m hoping I picked the correct trail loop as we had taken the wrong one the first time we had attempted this loop. The second time was “correct”. We had started near Stinson Beach fire station. The loop actually ended at the dead end of the road to the left looking at the fire station and started on the main highway road on the same side as the face of the fire station going up the hill (you’ll see a small sign). There is also more parking if you turn at the road on your FIRST LEFT going up the hill past the fire station and past the small entrance to the trail and park immediately on the corner on your left. If you park at the dirt “up the hill spot” the trail continues across the street. The trail at the parking spot will take you down to the fire station front highway road. The first attempt we figured “Steep Ravine” meant up the hill. So when you reach the bridge where you can continue straight and not cross the bridge but rather pass a big boulder and a fallen tree ... that’s actually Steep Ravine and you will have the ravine next to you with little waterfalls and get to climb the rock with the ladder. If you choose to cross the bridge and go up, it’ll also take you to Pan Toll Ranger station (where there is bathrooms, a water fountain, rangers, and WiFi at the kiosk but unsure if you need to download an app or something first to access it. ) This route is also beautiful as when you reach what feels like the top, you have a beautiful spot to picnic and take in the ocean view. But you skip a lot of little waterfalls and the ladder on the rock which is such a cool experience. I’m unsure what this latter trail is called. The hike itself is beautiful with many different experiences... narrow trails, rocky with roots, lots of dirt paved steps, eroded steps with rail spikes to watch out for, flat wide even trails, wooden paths, and even areas of concrete (when you’ve reached the half way point at Pan Toll). You’ll walk through hills with open wide spectacular views of the ocean and into the dark forest with lush and vivid colors surrounding you. The smells, the sounds, the beauty of it all can be found here. You’ll most likely go home sore but with such a great feeling of accomplishment. I really recommend walking to Stinson Beach afterwards and take off your shoes and let the sand cool your feet. Once you finish at the fire station, turn right at the main highway road. You’ll be walking through their downtown area. Make a left at the stop sign and you’ll see Parkside. They have coffee, ice cream, pizza and so much more but I’ve only tried their Shandy lemonade beer (so refreshing!!!), clam chowder (so so good), bread and very fresh pesto ( yum), and calamari (over priced for it not being that tasty). Anyways, walk a little further behind those buildings, you’re at the beach! It’s so close... and elevates you’re peacefulness even more. Btw... start early! We almost got caught in the dark in the forest on our first try. Luckily there’s a bus at the Pan Toll Ranger Station so make sure to put at least $2 cash in your backpack just in case and a headlamp in case you did have a late start and was having too much fun that you missed the bus .

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.

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

Great trail. Did the hike with 2 families and all had a good time. Kids ages 7-13. Had a snack at West Point Inn and took in the view.

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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!

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.

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.

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!

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