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With its golden grasslands, iconic oak woodlands, stands of redwood forest, chaparral, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park captures the heart of Marin County. While fog is a defining aspect of the ecosystem, on clearer days hikers can see the Farallon Islands, the San Francisco bay, the cities of the East Bay, and even as far as Mount Diablo. More than 50 miles of trail are within the park and connect to a larger, 200-mile-long trail system. Bicyclists are challenged by old railroad grade, or the twisting road to the highest point of the park's summit. Camping at Bootjack or Steep Ravine makes for a great overnight trip. The park is open from 7am to sunset year-round. Dogs are not allowed on trails, on fire roads or in undeveloped areas. Dogs are permitted on leash in the picnic areas and campgrounds, except in the Environmental Campground.

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.

Great way to go check out Muir Woods! Beautiful forest all the way through and plenty of flat sections in between your moderate parts so you get your exercise without being so exhausted you can’t enjoy the Redwoods. Would do it again if there weren’t so many trails I haven’t done.

hiking
1 day 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!

It’s definitely a better workout than most other moderate hikes on this app. It’s a lot of hills up and down with great views of the city, lush trees and a good of rhythm to elevation and walking down. Don’t believe there are any bathrooms (keep in mind). Most of it is not shaded and it gets pretty warm. The areas on the way down are somewhat challenging as it’s just the right angle/ enough rocks and pebbles to make it hard to walk/ easy to fall. But beautiful and good workout :)

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

The trail was lovely and varied and relatively shaded. HOWEVER, if you suffer from acrophobia, this is NOT THE TRAIL FOR YOU! More specifically, when the trail turns into the Bolinas Fairfax Ridge trail, either turn back for a lovely out and back trail or proceed, understanding what you're getting yourself into: an exposed, narrow trail, right next to a steep slope. After remaining in a state of irrational terror for quite some time out on the ridge trail, I will make it a habit to read all the trail reviews thoroughly.

walking
11 days ago

Not a good beach day, overcast and foggy; water was refreshing regardless. This is an easy stroll along the beach, which is flat, wide and open; were lots of dogs running around. Several access points.

Short hike, the lower portion is paved and accessible, great views and even some connecting trail options, including a nice viewpoint to a rocky overlook. Upper part via the initial "plank trail" takes you to the top and fire lookout, with a great 360 view. Go on a clear day. On top of the east peak of Mt. Tam, this hike is worth a stop with great views of the city and surrounding areas. The pay station was overstuffed, had not been emptied for a while.

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...

gorgeous views, wonderful trail for a great workout/hike. Definitely bring plenty of water : I drank 3 liters and ran out for the last hour (luckily downhill by then)

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

Beautiful. Steep unfinished steps.

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

What a great hike. Incredibly beautiful!

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.

#1, get a reservation for parking.
#2, get here super early.
#3, download your maps.

If early, you can do the soon-to-be-crowded part first with relatively no one around. Which is nice. Once you are back on the trails you may not see anyone for a half-hour at a time.

This whole area is what you make of it. Bring your maps!

Bootjack is no joke.

Nature beauty everywhere!!! Will be coming back soon!

Such a beautiful hike! There were creeks, water falls, bridges, a wood ladder, and open groves as well as shade, fog, direst sun, and rain. All in one hike!! So much fun to have such diversity all in one place. Very much recommend, the stairs half way through may have you question why you started but remember it doesn’t last long. Lol

Awesome. At times much harder than I anticipated . Worth it.

Great trail, some noticeable elevation changes and rocky areas. If you want to do this hike fast then I would suggest mid-high boots if they don’t bother you.

Great hike with my 4 year old!

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