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
AMAZING hike, might be the best hike of my life! It's might be moderate to hard, but a great workout. You get many different type of geography, worth the hike!
Great hike with a variety of terrain and landscapes.
Great hike with lots of variety and so many views. Started on the Matt Davis trail and ended with the descent on the Dipsea trail. Much prefer this than the other way as the elevation gain is more gradual on the Matt Davis trail switchbacks. Descent on Dipsea is rough on the joints if you have sensitive knees, etc. Lovely water features all along the way. Trail is still quite muddy right now but manageable. Traffic on the trail was moderate, so I can imagine weekends traffic is heavy.
A bit overcrowded with people, but a great, scenic a and diverse hike. Loads of water features along the creek, though just a bit slushy after the recent rain. I didn't like that the trail was so close to the main road (you can hear it), and the Ranger station in the middle makes it feel like you haven't made much progress.
Better to go this way than the reverse: the views of the beach are at the end, and the uphill is more progressive.
Took us about 4 hours to complete at a moderate pace. Parking wasn't every easy, but very manageable.
My nine year old son and I did this trail
Today , it was beautiful. We started at the Matt Davis trail by the fire station. Steady climb- the switchbacks made it easier. Once we made it to the ranger station it was down hill grade that was easy on the knees and toes - not too steep. Absolutely enjoyable. Our favorite part was the ladder for sure .