Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 628 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.

great views but gets very busy

hiking
6 days 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.

20 days 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
20 days 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.

20 days 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.

27 days 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.

28 days ago

Great hike!!!

30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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).

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was just amazing. Just like most people that have commented about this trail, every corner had a different scenic view. We started at the pan toll/ranger station on Matt Davis and took a loop back. It was a little steep but not hard and there was a few fallen trees that we had to go over and under but that is what made it more adventurous. I’m an early hiker so I arrived at 630am on a Friday, thinking there was a way to start the hike at Stinson Beach but at that time the beach is not open, it opens at 9 am. The ranger station is best to start, also on a Friday there was no traffic at all and maybe saw 7 hikers along the way. This hike is highly recommended and you will get a few amazing surprises along the trail.

2 months ago

Often, it felt as if I were plunging into something new. The many twists and bends give the illusion of being lost, as no one stretch really looks like another. I'll definitely hike this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is the perfect platform for curious minds. The ever changing landscape is home to docile creatures and ancient groves clothed in soft, lush, bright green moss. The climb up was at times taxing but very much so doable for all ages. More experienced hikers or fitness seekers could easily wander and train on the well maintained path. I did however see trash (Not uncommon) so if you visit don't be that asshole. "pack it in pack it out." GO ENJOY THIS 7 MILE JUNGLE GYM.

2 months ago

This was an incredible hike. Enjoyed the variety of terrain, the sea views, the redwoods, and the Bay Tree groves. This is easily my favorite hike in the Bay so far.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect hike. I would rate the trail as moderate given the distance. We parked by Stinson Beach (with restrooms and free parking on a Sunday) and started our trek up the Matt Davis trail. The switchbacks had a gradual incline and was not intense. It took about 2 hours to reach the Park Ranger station, including time to stop for photos. We hiked down the Dip Sea trail. The 10 ft wooden ladder was pretty easy to climb down. We stopped for lunch on one of the rocks by the creek and concluded our hike with a gorgeous view overlooking the ocean. I estimate the whole hike without lunch break would take about 4.5 hours. Would highly recommend, especially since the trees provide nice shade when the weather is warmer.

hiking
2 months ago

this is a great loop trail, going through different types of terrain. step ravine was beautiful and so are the views from matt davis.

hiking
2 months ago

Just a beautiful loop trail. My wife and I started on Dipsea in Stinson and hiked the loop counterclockwise. Even for two relatively inexperienced geezers approaching 60, we found it challenging but very doable. The scenery is just spectacular.

hiking
3 months ago

I hike a lot and this is one gem you want to see for yourself. It's amazing how the scenery changes. One of my all time favorite hikes.

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