Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 480 reviews

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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20 hours ago

beautiful hike with ocean views and old growth forests. I camped out at bootjack and left about 10 am and returned around 2. It was a 7 mile loop from the campground. I went down Matt Davis and up Dipsea/Strep Ravine and I'm glad I did.

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2 days ago

The Steep Ravine trail is one of my favorites in the whole Bay Area, and this loop is great because it's so varied, and nicely challenging.

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8 days ago

This is by far the best hike I personally enjoyed. Went along as a bunch, up the Matt Davis and climbed down via the Steep ravine & Dipsea. The view kept changing every 1-2 hours. The surprise element would be a ladder on the way down - for which I stuttered a bit to climb down but then it ended up being fun. Also, enough spaces along the way to jog profusely.

12 days ago

lovely trail with diverse landscapes.. we went up Matt Davis and came down steep ravine and dip sea. we enjoyed it doing this way.

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14 days ago

great hike... hot on July 8th weekend, but well worth it.

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