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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.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 948 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Waterfall Fee No dogs
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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.

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Michael Kahane
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Blythey1 B
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J Kathy
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If you start with Dipsea trail, be careful not to take the wrong path in the junction near the middle of Dipsea trail. Went on a hot day, there was no sign and we took the wrong path, it took extra 0.5 mile for us to realize and returned. Since there is no shade the first half, it feels really dangerous. The view is great though.

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Meryem El houadfi
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Not on a hot day. The first part is completely exposed. The steep ravine section by webb creek is gorgeous. Lot of small water ponds to cool down.

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Nirmit Patel
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Yifan Ying
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This is a 5 mile loop, not 3.6 mile. The trail is really nice tho.

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Rebecca Ford
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Beautiful trail, nice and shady and peaceful !

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Alex Sheldon
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Nice trail. Steep in some areas and steps are a killer. Muddy in some areas but overall a great trail

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Jason Hoffman
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Leslie Baggesen
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Simon Lim
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8/22/20: Would bring out of town friends, and probably her parents (not mine) on this. Went down Steep Ravine first. Very lush and calming. Back half was hot and boring — air quality was Orange, so visibility was also limited — so we will try going the other way next time. Definitely many folks and even runners on the trail (and far fewer wearing masks than one would like, but ).

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WūTōR .
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My favorite hike in Marin County

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Ngan-Ha Nghiem
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Gorgeous trail! Started with steep ravine and ended with the climb up dipsea. Trail got steep and rocky at times, would definitely recommend shoes with good ankle support. I agree with the others that it’s closer to 4.5 miles

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alberto e.
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nice. a few people, mild traffic but all had face masks besides one family. great views of things. lizards, rocks, waterfalls, you name it.

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Erinn Godfrey
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Gustavo Martinez
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Great hike with views of the ocean and forests. There’s a parking area off the highway about 100 yards to the left of the start of the trail with better parking.

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Sydnee Sherlock
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Beautiful trail with moderate difficulty due to incline. I recommend starting on old mine trail to avoid the steep incline of stairs and instead being able to descend the stairs. Ocean views and thick trees with a creek. Would do again!

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Alex Espiritu
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Last part of the trail wasn’t to exciting

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David Edgar
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Nancy Monis Garcia
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Incline got trying at times especially for my kids but they lived.

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Freya Magnusson
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I think this was part of the trail I went on. Many trails intersect and it was challenging to keep the names straight. The redwoods were beautiful and a little creek flowed by w a bench near it for resting. The ground was a bit muddy so be careful of not slipping. Wear proper hiking boots. I recommend Lowa brand made in Germany, very expensive $300 but you'll only need one pair for life. Quality pays.

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Kristin Sheffield
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Michael Young
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At 9AM on a Saturday the parking lot was about 50% full. When I got done at 11AM, all spots were gone. Great hike, rather challenging after the first 1/4 part of the loop. Thereafter, it’s lots of stairs. I’m 47, male, 150#, very athletic when I was younger, totally out of shape now, and this loop felt like a difficulty of 5 or 6 out of 10.

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Samantha Taylor
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Beautiful trail. Recommend going downhill on the dipsea and looping back on the old mine fire road side (counterclockwise) as it is steeper down (via stairs mostly) and more gradual up. Dynamic views, deep ravine forest vibes and sunny coastal views. Took me 2hrs and was 1,500 elevation gain + 3.9 miles!

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Sarah Flores
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Great trail, lots of fun stops for photos on bridges, mini waterfalls, wooden ladder, & overlooks. Nice mixture of sun/shade. Take steep ravine trail to dipsea to go UP tons of stairs and take dipsea to steep ravine to go DOWN to a of stairs. I agree with what someone else said, trail is more like 4.4 mi, I tracked myself when I went. Overall beautiful, fun, and refreshing! Definitely would consider trail to be moderate. Not for young children because they’ll definitely get tired but my 11 year old was great.

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Erica Woll
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Beautiful views of SF all way to Mt. Diablo! The hike has a variety of settings including hillside meadows, redwood forests, and fern canyons. Pretty steep in parts and sometimes the signage wasn’t very clear but I had signal and could refer to my phone.

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