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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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Sri Mupp
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Very nice greenery

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Annie Schmidt
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Our trip somehow took 4.5 miles. Beautiful views though!

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Jan Pang
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Jeffrey Alvarez
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HikingGreat!

Too many people today! Can’t believe we had to yield for dozens of hikers during the ascent and descent. Nonetheless, a great hike (Steep Ravine side and then down Dipsea) on a hot day, phew! Bring plenty of water for the loop trail which is roughly 8 miles from Stinson Beach. Do this hike in the morning, trust me you’ll thank me! FYI... Stinson Beach parking lot didn’t open until 9am this morning.

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Tami Reckler-Smith
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Too many folks on trail during COVID-19 but 99% had masks. Very hot day!

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Jeffrey Hagedorn
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It’s like riding a unicorn naked and bareback over a rainbow

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Phillip Leung
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Paul Elterlein
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Lush ravine- exposed to. Vista over ocean over Sf

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Kristen Berman
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Sharp down and sharp up

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Andres Garcia
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did the whole loop. only recorded half. oops. great trail! tough but not impossible. good workout.

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Li Lifanov
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mauricio flores
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Dana Morales
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Loved it! One of my favorite hikes, challenging but still fun and very doable.

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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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