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.
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. It may seem difficult and steep, but we did not find it too bad. 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. You can also start this loop from the Pantoll station: http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/dipsea-steep-ravine-matt-davis-loop-trail-from-pantoll
This trail has it all, stunning bay views, redwood forests, waterfalls, thick woods, blooming flowers and a variety of flora. Landscapes keep changing every now and then. We started from Stinson beach and connected up with the Steep Ravine(SR) trail, reached Pantoll Ranger Station and came back down via Matt Davis trail. Make sure when you go up to the point where you start the Steep Ravine trail, you take the right as per the sign and then the immediate left fork just off the wider trail.We erred here and reached the Steep Ravine campgrounds instead, which is also a stunning view of the Bay but we retraced our way back to the junction where the trails meet, asked someone and corrected our course. We couldn't find maps until we reached the Pantoll station. SR trail climbs up 1000 feet but it's a beautiful wooded hike with steps and the flowing creek. The ladder is interesting but can be slippery.
At Pantoll station, we could get beverages from the vending machine, water and restrooms but couldn't buy any food, please carry your own food. This is a motorable road and a campground, so you can park your car here and hike several trails from here as well. Matt Davis trail is mostly a descending trail.You get stunning panoramic bay views from here, San Fran, Oakland, even the east bay! It took us over 2 hours to get back to Stinson beach from Pantoll. Total 4.5 hours if you don't get lost like we did! The hike is moderately challenging and very diverse in views and terrain. We want to do this again!
Very crowded on the weekend so get here early for parking. Great overall hike through woods but views of the Pacifico Ocean as well.
Incredible trail. Parked behind firehouse next to a few houses where the Mt Davis trail comes into the town of Stinson Beach. Cuts out .5 mile of town walking.
Beautiful hike! Started in Stinson beach and hiked this loop going clockwise.. Lush green trees, rolling grassy hills and a steady ascent up to Pantoll station. Once there you link up with the Dipsea and enjoy the steady descent back down. The water was really flowing with bridges and even a step ladder making this hike very memorable. Moderate difficulty with quite a bit of stairs and the ladder. A few muddy spots and trees to crouch under or climb over. Spectacular views as you emerge from the woods going clockwise down the Dipsea. Highly recommended!
An absolute gem of a hike. Prefer to start at Stinson Beach, because its a great place to end. Go up Matt Davis to Pantol. Pause at Pantol ranger station for a breather + lunch. Then hike back down to Stinson Beach on Steep Ravine - Dipsea trail.
One of my new favorite hikes! So green and lush! Water was flowing hard and it was a great workout!
Start at Stinson Beach and do Matt Davis to Pantol to Steep Ravine to Dipsea. Steep Ravine is best enjoyed going down, not up, the mountain.