Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail

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Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

Hike from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to The Muir Woods Visitor Center. There area spectacular ocean views, rushing creeks, and pretty waterfalls. Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's crown. Cutting deep into the landscape over millennia the water rushing through Webb Creek has created a spectacularly steep sided and lush canyon shaded by towering redwood trees and populated with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. The hike begins along the Dipsea Trail at Stinson Beach. It climbs gradually with many ocean views until you reach its' junction with the Steep Ravine Trail. From here it climbs 1000 ft. to Pantoll ranger station in 1.5 miles. There are two significant waterfalls along Webb Creek in Steep Ravine. The upper one is interesting because you have to climb up the waterfall via a 10 ft. high ladder. These waterfalls are best seen in the winter or early spring months, after there has been a lot of rain. Once at Pantoll, cross the highway and head back down to Stinson Beach via the Matt Davis trail. You will find more great ocean views on this trail. Many people like to do this hike in the reverse direction, going up Matt Davis trail and down Steep Ravine. But the Matt Davis trail is longer (4 miles) and it is all up hill if you go this way.

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Beautiful views and scenery the entire hike.

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My wife, daughter and I were visiting the Bay Area and did this hike starting down in Stinson Beach. We went up the Dipsea trail to Steep Ravine and back down on Matt Davis. It was a fantastic way to see red woods in a natural setting (Steep Ravine) and great ocean views returning on Matt Davis.

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Hands down one of the best hikes in the bay area. We hiked up the Matt Davis trail and came down through Steep Ravine and Dipsea trail. Most of the hike is shaded except few patches of full exposure toward the end of Matt Davis and Dipsea trails. You can avoid Stinson beach traffic by starting the loop from Pan toll campsite itself.

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