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Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Pantoll

MODERATE 222 reviews

Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Pantoll is a 3.6 mile moderately 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

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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

3 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing ocean views, a forest of redwoods, a creek with several small waterfalls. So many different types of scenery in such a short hike. Highly recommend it!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

We took Old Mill from the ranger station to Dipsea and back up Steep Ravine. Per our combined fitness trackers it was about 4.3 miles (probably due to some minor side treks to favorable photo spots). Absolutely beautiful. Plentiful shade; a bit muddy in parts due to spring conditions and natural water runoff. The Ranger at Pantoll station was a total gem and so helpful. Please note that you must pay an $8 fee to park in the ranger lot.

hiking
4 months ago

We took Old Mill to Dipsea and then continued on to Stinson for lunch at the Parkside cafe. Took Steep Ravine back up. The hike down to Stinson was mostly downhill, a little muddy. The hike up was not too bad, definitely easier than taking the Dipsea up. Everything was lush, misty and green. Waterfalls were flowing and occasionally the mist blew away for a panorama of the Pacific. One of my favorites. Round trip it was about 7.5 miles from Pantoll. Perfect day in Marin.

hiking
4 months ago

Everything you could ask for in a hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice loop route; gorgeous and active hike up steep ravine. The 5th graders loved it, the 3rd graders had fun but were a little wore out. Just beautiful. Recommend going down dipsea for the bay/SF views and up steep ravine.

LOTS OF POISON OAK... in the first mile or so! But if you pay attention and get out of that this hike is AWESOME!

hiking
5 months ago

Great loop. Recommend doing downhill through the forest, to the stairs then the meadow. Good mix of terrain and views. Bit muddy and slippery at times.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent hike. Parking is limited at the Pantoll Ranger Station. $8 to park. At 2 pm, the morning hikers were leaving so I was able to find a spot. From Pantoll parking lot, took Old Mine to Dipsea. After crossing the bridge I had a choice. Turn right and head up Steep Ravine, or turn left and head down to Stinson Beach. It adds 3 miles to the overall hike but it’s well worth it!! The loop alone is 5-6 miles when elevation is factored in, plus 3 if you choose to go to Stinson Beach.. Fitness tracker recorded 8.5 miles. Went to the beach, bought a chocolate dipped ice cream cone at Parkside Snack Bar, then headed back up the Dipsea Trail to the Steep Ravine Trail to the Pantoll Station. It’s a loop with a bonus hike to the beach added in. Heading down the Dipsea Trail there are beautiful vista views, Heading up Steep Ravine there are gorgeous redwood trees, lush ferns and beautiful little waterfalls. If you are in decent shape this hike will be no problem for you. I’m 50, female, work out at the gym 2x a week for an hour each time. I only felt tired toward the end of this hike. A little sore the next couple days.

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muddy
6 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

It’s around 4. 2 miles

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

The loop is actually 6 miles instead of 3.6 miles.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

This is a great hike. I would recommend going after a light rain as the waterfalls are much more lively.

hiking
7 months ago

Second time doing this trail. There is a pretty large downed tree. On the trail where the stairs lead down. It was fairly easy to move around tho

This was a really fun trail but it’s not easy for a beginner like myself. I did it counter clockwise and there are a lot of hills. I was extremely tired at the end, but it was worth it. The first half was OK but the second half was really fun as you go deeper in the forest and start seeing waterfalls and trees with incredible density. There were some points where some trees fell and blocked the trail, so I had to climb over it. The wood ladder and passing through a mini river was really fun. The trail was muddy and slippery so I’d recommend good shoes and a trekking pole. The pole actually saved me from falling pretty bad. Overall I’d highly recommend this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible hike! Just over 5 miles, beautiful weather and a little bit of everything along the way. If you start the hike by taking the right side of the loop you end the hike with a remarkable view of the hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Just awesome.

hiking
7 months ago

Enjoyed the varied landscape including an open view of the bay, mini waterfalls, and a large redwood stand. Next time I would love to add the beach to that list! We went in the late afternoon and still had time to make it around (counter-clockwise). Fairly well-marked trail.

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