Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Loop Trail

MODERATE 578 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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20 hours 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.

4 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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7 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.

8 days 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.

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13 days 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.

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14 days 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.

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21 days 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.

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