Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 741 reviews

Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail is a 6.3 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
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1686 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

12 days ago

Probably my favorite hike in the Bay Area

15 days ago

Steep Ravine is a wonderful rainforest right now!

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22 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday, Easter Weekend 2018.
We parked at Stinson Beach and walked to the left of the fire station up Belvedere Ave. and found the trailhead for the Matt Davis Trail. Glad we started here because there is so much incline and stairs in the first two miles. I have knee issues going down hill so I wouldn’t like going down this way. We took the Matt Davis Trail to the Ranger Station and from the Ranger Station down the Steep Ravine Trail which then takes you to the Dip Sea Trail. From the car we clocked it at 8.18 miles. Holiday weekend so the trails were very busy with lots of people. We started at about 10am and the parking lot had tons of spaces open. By the end of the hike around 1:30pm the parking lot was full. Tons of poison oak everywhere so wear long pants and long sleeve. It was foggy so we weren’t able to see the ocean until we hit the dip sea trail. Great views and great hike. I suggest wearing real hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. Some areas the waterfalls made the trail a bit muddy.

24 days ago

Loved this loop. We took dipsea and then ended with Matt Davis. Dipsea takes you through grasslands and sweeping views of the beach then steep ravine kicks your butt with its incline. But it’s completely worth it because the waterfalls are really full right now. We stopped for lunch at the ranger station which was ok seating wise. Matt Davis was nice too because it was so diverse and mostly downhill. That trail alone has redwoods, eucalyptus, and grasslands! You get a sample of everything. Also we were crossed by three snakes luckily none were rattlers but still watch your step!

27 days ago

On this trail you get it all... try it out and find out why.

1 month ago

We loved this hike! We started across the street from the parking lot went up dipsea then through Matt Davis, it would be easier on the knees if you started Matt Davis then went down hill through dipsea part. This hike had everything .. flowers, tons of greenery, redwoods, beach views and my favorite waterfalls! The ladder is a cool touch too! It is wet and you prob will get muddy! Thankfully we did end up downloading the map because we accidentally veered off the hike and it added an extra hour to our hike but all in good fun! We went on a Sunday, started around 11 am and there wasn’t too many people!

1 month ago

Saw some waterfalls. Not very hot at all, and not crowded. Nice people everywhere. The redwood trees are gorgeous.

1 month ago

Great hike. We started from the top and left the hardest part for last. The scenery is amazing, especially in the clearing where you get to see the ocean. Got lost on the way back up and ended up taking a goat trail rather, which was very strenuous.

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1 month ago

One of the best trials i took in the recent past... thanks to Alltrails..
Lots of water streams and waterfalls... crystal clear water and spectacular sea view :)

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2 months 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months 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!

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2 months 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.

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2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

Amazing views!!

2 months ago

3 months ago

great views but gets very busy

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3 months 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.

3 months 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.

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3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago

Great hike!!!

3 months ago

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

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4 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.

4 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.

4 months 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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4 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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5 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.

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