Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Stinson

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Stinson is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,656 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

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. Hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This trail offers stunning views and chaparral and redwood habitats.

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2 days ago

Beautiful diverse hike but the trail was overcrowded and unfortunately not all fellow hikers were following social distancing protocols.

The best trail I’ve hiked in a while!! The redwoods and the creek are so calming and beautiful! A good amount of stairs so be ready for that workout! The views are always worth it though.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

One of the best hikes, has a little bit of everything. Beautiful views of the ocean, walking through the red woods, and water falls.

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19 days ago

Overall probably once of the best hikes I have been on. Did this trail in addition to Muir Woods/ Dipsea Trail. Trail offers beach views and an amazing dense forest hike. Take the trail clockwise. The views going upstream are better than that coming down, not that there really is any bad views. On top of that if you go counter clockwise the stairs are significantly harder to do.

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21 days ago

So beautiful and fun!!

Measured 7.5 miles. Parked at the post office down the road most parking is closed. Great hike with a good view of the coast !

So beautiful water falls, flowers, the whole loop was breath taking ocean view .

Absolutely beautiful views

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muddy
3 months ago

4 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Steep! Close to 7 miles round trip if you start in Stinson Beach, 3.5 each way. First time we hiked it back in Feb 2019 we parked at the top of Steep Ravine, went down to Stinson Beach, then back up. Second time in Nov 2019 we parked at Stinson Beach and went up and back. I preferred the up and back to Stinson Beach, that way you can hang out at the beach and rest at the end, or get some food in town. It's a steep hike with stair climbs and switchbacks but absolutely beautiful. Ferns, moss, redwoods, and creeks are everywhere, not to mention the amazing views of Stinson Beach after you hit the Dipsea Trail. I tend to spend the entire hike staring at the amazing views in every direction. There is one section that requires climbing a wooden ladder next to a small waterfall, it's about 10-15 feet high and it's at an angle, not straight up. It can be a bit slippery when the waterfall is really flowing.

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4 months ago

This was an absolutely beautiful hike. Definitely a lot of incline and pretty rocky but well worth it. There is tons of little waterfalls and nice greenery. We started at Stinson Beach and walked the loop.... ended up being about 6.8 miles

I didn’t tired enough

I would also suggest starting at whitegate trailhead. I would also suggest going up dipsea trail and down steep ravine as there are more stairs on dipsea to aid your climb.

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6 months ago

The trial head is a 1 min walk from the Fire House. The hike is marvelous. Like others have said, when you meet the fork in the road about 20-30 mins up, hang left and go up the Ravine trial to take advantage of the sweeping views when you go down. Once you hike up some rolling hills with views of the water, the trial hugs the creek under the lush dense forrest. The stairs like another reviewer mentioned is no joke! At one point, you actually have to climb a ladder— it’s somewhat short and sturdy but still surprising. In short, you’ll definitely be huffing and puffing in certain spots. The half way point is up at the Panholl Campground parking lot, where you can use the bathroom and fill up your water. To start your decent, follow the road to views of rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. Love how varied the hike’s landscape is. One you’re done, definitely elongate you’re hike by walking an extra min for lunch, coffee, or a beach picnic in the quaint Stinson Beach. Not busy. Lots of shade.

Outstanding trail as directed. Going up via the ravine will afford you better ocean views going down via Dipsea. Pls note that there is a sign at the bottom of the loop saying “AREA CLOSED EXTREME FIRE DANGER,” but there is no such sign at the top of the deep ravine trail, so you’re free to enjoy your day as if you were someone who started at the top. :)

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7 months ago

Great hike w a lot of shades!

Beautiful single track with great views and elevation. Beware of the rockadiles

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8 months ago

This was not a hike. It was a StairMaster exercise. This makes it a much harder workout on the legs. I could see that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like all the stairs. Some areas have paths worn on the sides of the staircases. Try walking there so you don’t get worn out too soon. Other than that, the views were nice. I especially liked walking along the creek in the trees. The beginning of the trail was littered with dog poop. Please at least flip your dog’s poop off to the side if you don’t have a bag.

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8 months ago

We parked at Stinson Beach near a cafe from where the trail head was very close. We hit the trail at 8.20am and took the clockwise route as suggested by others in reviews. The first half the trai (via Steep Ravine) has a gradual accent with very serene and calming views. We were a bit disappointed as we couldn't see much but clouds on reaching the summit. However, the cloud and fog helped us keep cool throughout. Will go again to see the spectacular views on a sunny clear day.

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9 months ago

Starting uber early at 6a helped w/ a few things. 1. Didn’t see any other hikers till we were at the end of the trail (2.5 hrs later) 2. Hiked in mostly mist, helping to keep cool 3. Even when the sun was out, it was still quite pleasant to hike in direct light. 4. We had the rest of the day to eat, shop & explore SF afterwards I suggest going early as well to guarantee parking. I’ve always parked behind the fire station as it is just at the start of the hike, but quickly can be taken up. You can refill on water, & use the restroom, at the ranger station about halfway through. Trails are marked pretty well, so you shouldn’t get lost.

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9 months ago

Did Steep Ravine trail up to parking area, then took Dipsea down -- beautiful trail! the views of the ocean were spectacular. Hiking through the redwoods was gorgeous too, and appreciated the shade!

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