Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 553 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
1820 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.

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9 days ago

I started with the Matt Davis trail and it was incredible. Remember friends, the journey is the destination. Set moments aside to stop and take it all in.

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9 days ago

We came to the bay area for a hiking vacation, and this was the best trail we hiked. Perfect level of difficulty, many different types of terrain and environment, amazing views, not crowded on a Friday afternoon. Really loved this one!!

11 days ago

Fantastic hike - perfect for intense trail training

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14 days ago

This hike is gorgeous! Just challenging enough to be interesting but not too hard, great variety of scenery, beautiful views of San Francisco and the ocean. Very convenient to be able to refill water at the campground halfway through. And you can finish everything off by dipping your feet in the water at the beach. A+

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Had such a great variety of environments.

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