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Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Pantoll

MODERATE 109 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

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

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
9 days 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

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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

1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 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.

hiking
3 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
4 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.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

It’s around 4. 2 miles

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

The loop is actually 6 miles instead of 3.6 miles.

hiking
5 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

hiking
5 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
6 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.

Scenic, views of redwoods, waterfalls, and the bay. Not particularly interesting or challenging hiking wise.

Has it all — steep ravines, flowing creeks, mini-waterfalls, redwood forests, amazing views of the ocean and the city (including Angel Island, top of the GG Bridge, and Farallon Islands on a clear day), and even a 10 foot ladder to climb. Recommend counterclockwise to enjoy the creek on the climb down and be stunned by spectacular views on the second half of the climb back up. Shady for much of the loop. Add a 1.4 mile hike (each way) to Stinson Beach at the bottom of the loop if extra time. Not overly crowded despite holiday weekend.

6 months ago

This loop hike takes hikers to amazing destinations. Water cascades through shaded mountain chasms in the Winter & Spring. The route crosses mountainside meadows with wondrous panoramas of the Pacific coastline & Stinson Beach. The broad sandy beach is worth a stroll. Steep Ravine provides a singular experience. In addition to climbing narrow rock steps carved into overhanging cliffs, there’s a ladder to scramble up beside a waterfall. Find more information at hikingthegoldenstate.com.

7 months ago

good

trail running
8 months ago

Did this loop on the way back to Stinson Beach after summiting the East Peak. Went from PanToll Ranger Station, down Steep Ravine and up the DipSea trail to return back at the PanToll Station. Certainly a fun loop, but i must say Steep Ravine is my favorite part still. The bridge that connects the DipSea Trail to the Steep Ravine leads to an insane section of stairs that doesnt break for what felt like 150 steps. And these are steep. After you summit the stairway to death it leads to a much flatter section of single track that seems to follow the hills. When i went today, it was extraordinarily misty so i could not see what laid beyond, for all i know it offers views of the ocean. However, the Steep Ravine trail has a couple set of stairs that are brutal but not deadly, and a small ladder to climb. Other than that its a beautiful steady climb following a small creek, which was flowing today and has quite a few waterfalls to check out! There are a few switchbacks, allowing you to truly check out the old ferns surrounding you. If you only get to take one of the trails, Steep Ravine is my go-to, but this loop was a fun addition to my day!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike! We started at around 8am and finished right as the fog burned off around 11. If I wasn’t photographing or carrying gear We could’ve done it in 2 hours or less. Parking was 8$ and you pay at the ranger station in the parking lot. Very well marked trail

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike that you start from the ranger station. Enjoyed going down steep ravine and heading back up the dip sea trail, which loops you through a decent view at the top before getting back to station. Good amount of trees that kept us shaded. Finished in little less than 2 hours.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Such a beautiful hike! There were creeks, water falls, bridges, a wood ladder, and open groves as well as shade, fog, direst sun, and rain. All in one hike!! So much fun to have such diversity all in one place. Very much recommend, the stairs half way through may have you question why you started but remember it doesn’t last long. Lol

hiking
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Awesome. At times much harder than I anticipated . Worth it.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

we started at bottom neat stinson beach hiked up hill ,the trail has a lot of stairs and a ladder .stopped at top af mt tamalpias the loop back.

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