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Dipsea, Steep Ravine, and Matt Davis Loop

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Dipsea, Steep Ravine, and Matt Davis Loop is a 6.7 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, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length6.7 miElevation gain1702 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningBeachForestViewsWaterfallWild flowersWildlifeMuddyNo dogs
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Hike from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to The Muir Woods Visitor Center. This route offers a spectacular view of the ocean, rushing streams and beautiful 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.

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Isabel Fulcher
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HikingGreat!

Trail was well maintained. We parked on the Panoramic Highway and started the trail from there counterclockwise. There was ample parking at 8:30am (Wednesday before Thanksgiving), and we did not see many people for the first half of the hike. This would be a great hike to take CA visitors on - you can see golden gate bridge on a clear day. The drive up Route 1 from the city has beautiful ocean views as well.

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Jason Covert
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Francelle Lusetti
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HikingGreat!

I started opposite and glad I did. The stairs were intense going up but a great burn. I have a service dog and she did great with me too. Felt like I was in fairy realm the whole time. Decent traffic, went on a Sunday.

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sowmya kumar
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Took around 4.5 hours to complete the loop.

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Jess Pena
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So beautiful but it’s more like 7 and a half miles. We loved it!

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Rob Campbell
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Great hike. Lots of diverse scenery. Parking can fill up quick on weekends!

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Nakeisha Thomas
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This trail is perfect for families. The changes in terrain keeps it interesting and the near by beach is such an added treat. The hike was a major killer on my legs. But I felt o so good.

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Kenneth Thomas
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Prabesh Joshi
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Santi Mestre
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HikingGreat!
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Mehdi Nabavi
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Good

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Aditya Agarwal
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Marina Capachina
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Eventhough the trail head is right on the corner of the Panaramic Highway and the 1 it was a bit tough to see it as it was our 1st time doing the trail. once your in Mount Tamalpais State Park you're not going to want to leave. Once we completed the trail we intended to we continued on with another then another. Before we knew it we were hiking in the dark by the light of the moon. it was sensational! Some people had masks on & some did not. definitely going to return in the spring!

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Mariner Zapata
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Definitely one of the most incredible trails we’ve done so far. We did this hike earlier today with a 12 and 7 year old and had a great time. Redwoods and ocean views were gorgeous!

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Brielle Calicchio
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Marcella Pittman
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absolutely beautiful today, I missed a turn and added an extra mile but well worth it. the weather was perfect. the stairs almost beat me, a definite workout

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Britta Gooding
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Please don’t bring your dog on these trails - they are not allowed on the trails downhill from pantoll. There are heaps of coyotes who would love to devour your small dog. There is a wood ladder on steep ravine you won’t be able to traverse with a big dog. And tons of stairs on dipsea which will destroy your dogs knees. Instead, drive 10min up to rock springs and safely bring your dog on those trails. Thank you.

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Gustavo Martinez
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Great sunset!

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Jamie Lantzy
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Gaurav Kakade
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Easy 7 mile loop . Partially shaded trail

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Katie Duffy
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Beautifully diverse trail. Steady up hill for half the hike and once you hit the campground, and convenient bathrooms, you start heading down for the remainder. Went on a Saturday and arrived ~10:30 with decent parking options. Beautiful trail that I look forward to hiking again soon.

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Rex Vincent
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Awesome trail. Knee buster.

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Erika Granger
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Abbe Downs
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Starting from Stinson Beach, this hike is heart pumping (steep ascent) for the 1st 1-2 miles give or take. Once you plateau you’ll find breath taking views. I’ve done this hike many times and highly recommend.

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Raven Mathers
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Perfect hike ended up being 7.1 miles cuz I got a bit turned around :)

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Derrick Dela Cruz
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Lee Vilensky
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Top 10 trail in the Bay Area. Has everything you would ever want from a hike. Classic Marin beauty It is 3 miles uphill so a workout

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Sheri Collins
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So beautiful! Well worn trail, but that makes it easy to follow. An amazing mix of ocean, redwoods, grassy hills, and oaks.

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Lauren Murray
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get this done early (granted, we picked a day over 90 degrees), but the return route from muir woods was straight sun until you reach the top of the climb. loved the shaded section of steep ravine!

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