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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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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This is my favorite hike in the Bay Area. I always go the opposite way that the directions on this site suggest but I think it's a better route because you have steep uphill rather than downhill, which I prefer. This loop brings you though the most amazing scenery and you get breathtaking views of the ocean when at the top of the hills. Beautiful in the spring when the hills are green but equally beautiful in the summer/fall when the hills are golden!

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14 days ago

Went on June 4th, 2017: This hike was incredible. Incredible views and scenery. Accidentally walked opposite what the map suggests and liked it better (rather do steep uphill and gradual downhill). Beware: there is a 7 foot ladder you either need to go up or down (dogs aren't allowed but people had them, so you'd have to carry them). Go to The Siren Canteen (on the water) for tacos and margaritas after. LOVED THIS TRAIL and will be back.

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17 days ago

Beautiful views, lots of shade and not heavily trafficked. Perfect for a hike to the top to have lunch with a view of the ocean. Bring lots of water.

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