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Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail from Pantoll

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail from Pantoll is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,748 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

No dogs

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Park at Pantoll

Another version of this loop is to start down by Stinson Beach: http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/dipsea-steep-ravine-matt-davis-loop

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Tiffany H.
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The Steep Ravine trail portion is so beautiful, especially with a little morning fog. An early start gave me this part all to myself most of the way. Heaven. The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and wasn’t very slippery or rocky today. The Dipsea trail is also fantastic even with the fog blocking views. By the time I got to the Davis trail it was so awfully crowded it was impossible to enjoy. Not just crowded but big groups, using speakers, bad etiquette. I guess that’s what one gets at a popular trail on a weekend but it wasn’t very enjoyable. Upside—lots of shade and it is definitely a great workout

Nicky Davies
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Great trail with plenty of shade in the summer; bottom half being inside the marine layer also helps. Very heavily used on a Saturday in August and the sheer number of people would probably stop us doing it again. 3h45 not including the lunch stop - 1h15 down and 2h30 back. Parking at Pan Toll very difficult. We had to park almost at the top of the hill which is fine at the start but less exiting at the end.

Kassidy Mason
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Loved the trail! We started down Dipsea Trail walking towards Stinson Beach, then finished the trail going up Steep Ravine.This way made the trail shape up to be more work at the end but still not bad! If your looking for a more intense hike, would recommend this way, if you’re wanting more scenic would start the other way!

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Rachel Mundaden
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Beautiful trail! So varied in types of nature and I loved how it was along the coast at times and other times I felt like I was in a rainforest!

Dani M
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Debbie T
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Great hike down to Stinson Beach and back. Crowded July 4th wknd. Beautiful forest and ocean views.

Ramandeep Sekhon
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Dylan Hurrle
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to many people

Valerie Valdez
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Awesome trail. A bit over grown in some areas. Tons of REBAR, everywhere! Beware! I slipped and fell on the way down and landed on a rebar sticking out. I have two huge goose eggs. One on my thigh and one on my forearm. Limped the rest of the way down. Trail is wet and muddy and slippery in a lot of spots. But it's a great loop.

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Esther Chance
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Magical trail with a ton of red woods and mist, go early to avoid crowding on the trail (730am or earlier). Recommend taking the opposite direction with Davis trail first, park by the fire station.

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Giridhar Raman
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Amazing hike. Would do it again, but in the counter clockwise direction. Definitely tougher. Great views, unfortunately it was foggy the day we went. Nevertheless, quiet and a pleasant hike.

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Pita Mariscal
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Alex Viveros
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Awesome trail — we started down Matt Davis and came back up Dipsea and Steep Ravine. Steep ravine is a great workout and a fun hike up! Beautiful scenery unmatched in the Redwoods.

Anand Vaidya
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Matt Davis is beautiful particularly on a foggy day. Dip sea has redwoods, crowds and staircases.

Kay Martin
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Awesome trail! We parked on the street near the post office in Stinson and walked over to find the trailhead. If you’re driving in on Highway 1, take a right a just past the fire station, the trailhead for the Matt David trail is at the end of that street and there is limited parking there (several spots open at 9:30 on a Wednesday). When you get to Pantoll Campground, cross the road, go past the bathrooms in the left, and the Steep Ravine trailhead is directly ahead. Took us about 2 hours to get to Pantoll, and an hour from there down to Stinson. It was foggy most of the way, very eerie and beautiful!

Iliana Flores
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Great trail :)

Jennifer Gomes-Figueira
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Fabulous hike today. Started at PAntoll. Arrived about 915/ parking lot started to get crowded. Started hike down Matt Davis to Stinson (had lunch) then back up Dipsea to Steep Ravine. Wonderful views and scenery. One of my all time favs!

Jin Zhang
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Love the river, ocean, fresh air here

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Bruce Bacon
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Excellent trail! This was my first time and we went counterclockwise. The Dipsea Steep Ravine portion is like it's own little world. Very lush forest with redwoods and a nearby stream most of the way. Beautiful. The Matt Davis portion had a lot less trees but had great views of the ocean and a nice ocean breeze to go with it. At one point, there was an amazing view of the top of San Francisco skyline peaking up above the hills in the distance. It was all a good workout but not so hard as to take away from the sights and enjoyment. I will definitely be out this way again but may try to mix it up a bit by going clockwise or by simply just following the DIpsea the full way into Muir Woods.

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AllTrails User
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When we arrived at 11:30 it was overcast and foggy but by noon the fog has lifted and it was bright blue skies… Half the people wearing masks and half were not...Finished at 4:30 and we had a lunch break at Pantoll

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Carmen Binns-Williams
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Beautiful! This loop did not disappoint. Started from Stinson Beach; will definitely be back.

talita Mo
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Loved loved loved! One of my favorites

Ofira Honig
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Beautiful trail with diverse terrains - thick forest with creeks and waterfalls and huge dry meadows. We took a small detour off the trail to walk down to Stinson Beach, worth it! Trail well-maintained and clearly marked. There is a $8 parking fee at the start of the trail.

Neil Thangaraj
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Had a great time.. we started from Pantroll campground but better start from Stinson beach..

Abdul Majid
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This is one of those trails where you get to experience multiple change of views -redwoods -plan land -open sky -view of Stinson beach ! I started from the pantol parking lot taking the Matt Davis trail ,which is shaded and you pass through the Redwoods and mornings are best to experience the sun rays through the woods ! You can also experience the beautiful sounds of birds and creeks on this trail . Once you get to Stinson beach -the trail doesn’t take you to the beach but you can walk by and grab a quick bite or coffee or take a break ! Then you pass through the dipsea trail -which wasn’t my favorite part of this hike but once you reach close to raven steep ,trail you have the ocean view. Then you get onto Raven steep trail and yes it’s steep and requires little effort and it’s the beautiful part of the hike though ,with huge trees and many creeks and many Woden bridges and climbing the ladder bridge was fun and then you hike a bit and get back to pantol parking lot ! Overall it’s a beautiful and one of the best hikes around!

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Adolfo Gonzalez
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Great day hike!

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Ravikumar Kuppusamy
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Went with family, awesome weather !

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