Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 593 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.

4 hours 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.

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7 days ago

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

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16 days 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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22 days 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.

26 days 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.

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30 days 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.

1 month 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.