Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 665 reviews

Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately 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, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

Hike from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to The Muir Woods Visitor Center. There area spectacular ocean views, rushing creeks, and pretty waterfalls. Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's crown. Cutting deep into the landscape over millennia the water rushing through Webb Creek has created a spectacularly steep sided and lush canyon shaded by towering redwood trees and populated with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. The hike begins along the Dipsea Trail at Stinson Beach. It climbs gradually with many ocean views until you reach its' junction with the Steep Ravine Trail. From here it climbs 1000 ft. to Pantoll ranger station in 1.5 miles. There are two significant waterfalls along Webb Creek in Steep Ravine. The upper one is interesting because you have to climb up the waterfall via a 10 ft. high ladder. These waterfalls are best seen in the winter or early spring months, after there has been a lot of rain. Once at Pantoll, cross the highway and head back down to Stinson Beach via the Matt Davis trail. You will find more great ocean views on this trail. Many people like to do this hike in the reverse direction, going up Matt Davis trail and down Steep Ravine. But the Matt Davis trail is longer (4 miles) and it is all up hill if you go this way.

hiking
20 hours ago

Great moderate hike with waterfalls and scenic viewpoints along the way.

Waterfalls did not have much water. Trail is muddy for a few small stretches but otherwise fine. Some wildflowers starting to bloom.

hiking
2 days ago

I found the trail incline hard, not moderate, but worth every step because the canyon is absolutely magical.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous!! If you go clockwise (start on Belvedere) you’ll hit a killer first mile uphill, but it’s worth it! The last few miles of the hike are beautiful and you get a view of the ocean and then hit redwoods/waterfalls once you loop back on Tam. Highly recommend this trail, have @ it!

hiking
8 days ago

Trail was refreshing. Lots of places to stop and eat lunch. Went there early so it wasn’t so packed. Parked at the Stinson beach parking and walked to the Matt Davis trail.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail! lovely views of the sea, the hills and the redwood trees. It gets pretty crowded so it's good to be early. Started at Stinson beach by the fire station (steep stairmaster-like hike). The trail gets pretty slippery and muddy past the Pan Toll Ranger Station, slipped a bunch of times. This trail is a knee buster! If you have weak knees like me, best to choose a more gradually sloping trail.

16 days ago

Fun hike and great views. My gps calculated 7.95 miles when starting from the north lot at Stinson Beach Parking lot.

hiking
16 days ago

Amazing views!!

21 days ago

1 month ago

great views but gets very busy

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice, a must do route in the Bay Area.
Start with a nice hike down to the town of Stinson Beach, which is a great place to take a break and grab some coffee or a meal. After your break you can burn it all off on the hike back up the trail.

1 month ago

Quintessential Northern California hiking trail! While it is challenging with some parts similar to a stairmaster, it is such a well kept trail with plenty of flat and even terrain so the whole group can keep up. On a clear day you can see out to the Pacific, but even on a foggy day it is such a beautiful trail. Bring layers as you'll be dipping over/under the fog line so what may start as a hot hike quickly turns pretty frigid in the winter months.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. Hiked after a while so found this one to be a good way to get back on trails. Ocean views at the start and end. Passes through woods in the middle. Lots of tall trees, ferns and rustic wooden bridges throughout the middle part. Also amusing to see trees with weirdly shaped barks arching over the trail at some points. Not much water in the creeks and waterfalls at this time. Took about four hours with lots of photo stops.

1 month ago

Lovely hike with varied views from redwoods, to the beach, to shadelands. Took us about 3.5-4 hours with a break at pantoll. We started at Matt Davis near fire station then went to steep ravine then dip sea. Steep ravine was the prettiest and had a fun ladder to climb.

1 month ago

A little strenuous at times keeps the heart pumping. But varied beauty and gorgeous vista of ocean on way back through Matt Davis trail.

1 month ago

Great hike!!!

1 month ago

Great hike. Creek, waterfalls, ocean views all in one.

hiking
2 months ago

Had an extra day on a business trip and decided to do this spur of the moment. One of the best hikes I've ever done. Beautiful weather, gorgeous changing scenery, and plenty of challenge.

2 months ago

Really pretty trail. Enough up hill to feel like you got some exercise, but moderate most of the way through to enjoy how beautiful it is and keep up good conversation.

2 months ago

So beautiful and pretty easy. Finish up your hike with a hot tea watching the waves on Stinson beach:) 7.5 mikes

hiking
2 months ago

This loop took us exactly 3 hours at a moderate pace (we passed people but we also got passed), plus about 15 minutes for snacks and bathroom breaks at Pantoll. We were so happy we started at Stinson rather than Pantoll because the first half on Dipsea and Steep Ravine was uphill, and the way down on Matt Davis was mostly downhill, whereas if we’d started at Pantoll it would’ve been downhill then uphill. While this hike isn’t tough, if you have bad knees the downhill is lonnnnnng and might bother them. Note there are no bathrooms near the entrance to Dipsea in Stinson, so you’ll need to find a tree (there are plenty).

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