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Dipsea-Steep Ravine Loop From Rock Spring

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Dipsea-Steep Ravine Loop From Rock Spring is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,561 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

This trail is great for two reasons. It takes slightly less time to complete than other Steep Ravine and Dipsea loops on Mt.Tam which makes for a shorter day hike, AND it is great for those who wish to drive up that morning and park the car in a safe spot without a parking fee! During the hotter months the sky is clear and the views are great and the hike along the ravine is shady and less humid. During the spring the ravine is flowing with water and there are several waterfalls. Here are the specific trail directions: From Rock Spring parking lot, Old Mine Trail (upper), Old Stage Road, through Pantoll parking lot, Old Mine Trail (lower), Deer Park Fire Road (briefly), Dipsea Trail, Steep Ravine Trail, through the Pantoll parking lot, Old Mine Trail (upper), Rock Spring parking lot. It is not so hard to follow as it seems. Really it is just Old Mine Trail, Dipsea Trail, Steep Ravine Trail, Old Mine Trail in one big loop that is easy to follow. The beautiful views above panoramic highway are a nice way to begin and end this leg burner of a hike. The back half of the trek is uphill the entire way, but at only 5.9 miles round trip this is a great 3 1/2- 4 1/2 hour hike that has it all, from ocean views to Old Growth Forests! Take your time and enjoy the views and some snacks along the way or burn through the trail in 3 hours! If you can ;)

Port-o-potties at Rock Spring parking lot. Bathrooms and cold drink machine at Pantoll. Ranger Station at Pantoll.

Bring water, and snacks. I saw plenty of dogs on the trail as well.

From panoramic highway turn northwest onto Pantoll Road. Take it to where it ends at a T with Ridgecrest Blvd. This is the Rock Spring parking lot. No day use parking fee here. Look east across the road and find the sign next to a gate for the beginning of the Upper Old Mine Trail.

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catherine howard
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We arrived at 9:30 and it was easy to park, facilities were available and the trail boasted fantastic views. Things worth noting if mobility or balance is an issue: sometimes the trail has very steep stairs, exposed roots, narrow passage.

Michael Tognetti
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Kristen Wonder
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Incredible views throughout the entire hike!

Joseph Wetherbee
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Jason Dong
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Great hike, bring water, exposed at times.

Laurie Durkin
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We had four kids with us 5-17 and loved the trail. Great views at the top.

Melissa Vink
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Second time to this beautiful peaceful place. Couldn't do it first time around and I consider myself an able bodied person. The stairs are killer, but today doable! Breathtaking views, great smell of nature, more hikers today than last time, but friendly and courteous. Bring water and a snack. Consider finding a spot half way thru to sit and "be" in the beauty that is nature and California. I'll be bring people back here forever.

Kevin Physioc
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Fun hike! A bit of a leg burner on the way back. Bring water. Beautiful views, redwood forests, popular spot for hikers.

Mei Wong
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Tere J
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Diane Philips
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Hiker Dood
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Eric Wittke
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Zac Jimenez
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Dan Arlow
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Zachary Crockett
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Max Darrow
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R M
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Sid Quinsaat
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Max Darrow
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Krystal Carrillo
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Amanda Hites
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Andrew Hoydich
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Julia To
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Natira Matthews
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Senja Larsen
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Joshua Baltodano
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