Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Pantoll

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Pantoll is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mill Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 948 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

fee

no dogs

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines: Stay Local: Walk or bike into the park. Do not drive to the park. Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails. Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the park or on trails to allow for the required physical distance. Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. Note: $8 Parking Fee to park in the lot This hike includes great views of the Bay Area, Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate, Potato Patch, and down the San Mateo Coastline. As the walk progresses the trails will head into Redwood Forest, and drop - really drop - down into the heart of Steep Ravine. The trails become a series of stairs immediately adjacent to a seasonal creek. In some spots it's surely underwater during storms. Once in Steep Ravine it's all uphill back to the Ranger Station. The trail criss-crosses the creek repeatedly looking for space for itself, regularly climbs more steps, and a short ladder next to a waterfall in the quest to gain altitude. The reward is one of the best Redwood Canyons around.

12 days ago

Is park closed or no? one person on here said closed. wish they would update that on here so we know. driving from sacramento

Yikes... took the bikes on the wrong trail.. crazy lol lots of fun though...

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closed
2 months ago

Park was closed today due to the coronavirus outbreak. Very disappointed, I was hoping to get away...

Started Dipsea Trail and came down Steep Rivine to end, a bit muddy coming down but nothing to extreme. The ladder aside the waterfall was a great treat -would definitely give this trail another go.

Beautiful hike. We did old mine trail first and then headed into the steep ravine. We saw ocean views on the down hill and had the river by our side during the uphill. The sounds of the river and waterfalls kept us motivated. It’s difficult doing an uphill at the end, but there is no way to get around that for this hike. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful climb.

Gorgeous trail but I was expecting a little more. The first half propose a nice view of the ocean but it’s pretty boring. The fun part starts in the second half, where you start climbing back. Lot of small waterfalls and big trees. I overall recommend it!

Started on the dipsea trail from Stinson Beach and went all the way to Muir Woods, then made way back up to the dipsea trail through Muir Woods and took a cross path called old mine trail up to steep ravine trail which eventually led back to dipsea and to the starting point at Stinson. Highly recommendable if you’re looking for diverse sceneries from astounding ocean views to being deep in the redwoods alongside creeks. Pretty strenuous but there is a few water fountains/refill stations. All around absolutely worth it and gives off a very mystical vibe almost the whole way.

Very pretty! Ended up being closer to 4.7 miles.

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3 months ago

Wonderful views, varied landscape, not too too crowded.

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4 months ago

This is by far one my most favorite trails in all of California! From the beginning you instantly feel like you have stepped into a scene of Hook (Peter Pan) the movie. If you really want to surprise some friends in town visiting, I would highly suggest this trail. The 1st mile and half is downhill so be prepared for the rest of it to be an incline but you won’t regret the sweat you break completing this one! The redwoods and fern gullies are mind blowing, then you have several old wooden bridges covered in moss and don’t forget the many fallen trees that have created fun obstacles along the way! The ladder climb is just icing on the cake on this trail amigos! Have fun! Wear good shoes with grip and enjoy the trail! I promise you will feel like you’re in a different country/world the entire time!

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4 months ago

Amazing trail, highly recommend. Pictures cannot do this place justice. I parked at Whitegate ranch trailhead and went up steep ravine to the ranger station (quickest but steepest way to get to the top) then back down old mine trail which takes you to views of the ocean then to dipsea back to the gate. Dipsea has more stairs, steep ravine has the ladder.

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4 months ago

Start on Old Mine Trail at Pantoll Station to add 1 mile. There’s an option to go down to Stinson Beach once Dipsea turns into Steep Ravine, which I believe adds around 1.5 miles each way to the hike.

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muddy
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with a panoply of views - from Redwoods to waterfalls, the deep quiet of a ravine to the expanse of the ocean, and even a small glimpse of the SF skyline. It includes a challenging stairway and ducking under some fallen redwoods, but is a generally moderate trail. One of my favorites in a long time!

Wonderful trail! We went down alongside the creek with mossy fallen trees, beautiful bridges and also a ladder! It took us about 2:10 hours at a very moderate pace. Climbing up opened up to a stunning view of the west coast of the bay, with the city landscape and the Marin headlands. Highly recommend

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4 months ago

From the spectacular ocean views to the endless number of waterfalls, this hike is nothing but gorgeous. But it does come out at a price. Your legs will be begging for mercy by the end. It probably didn't help that before doing this hike, we hiked 5 miles at Muir Woods in the morning

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7 months ago

An awesome hike! Always!

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8 months ago

We started at the low end, Whitegate Ranch Trailhead, and hiked the trail clockwise. I would do it this way again, because parking at Whitegate is free and we got steep uphill section out of he way first. This was the perfect medium-difficulty hike that left our legs sore for a couple of days, but which was worth it for the fun ladder, creek pools, huge redwood trees and views of the ocean. There was one short muddy section of the trail, but otherwise the trail was extremely well maintained.

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9 months ago

Great trail! Has mountains, redwoods, waterfalls, and beach views. There are some stairs and quite a bit of incline in one shore area so be prepared for a workout!

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9 months ago

Great hike! We went clockwise from pantoll down Dipsea with a detour to rocky point then back up steep ravine. I think this direction is less strenuous because Dipsea has a lot of stairs the last mile. Beautiful scenery on both trials. Total distance was 5.6 miles

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muddy
10 months ago

Lovely trail that includes beautiful view of redwood, coastline and creek!

10 months ago

Moderate and a lot of sun one way. The return trip is shaded. You will not feel the sun.

A great short hike with a nice view of San Francisco and the ocean. The stairs are steep to climb if you start out on steep ravine, a nice way to sneak in a little workout.

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