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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.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 1,702 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

No dogs

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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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Pedro Calmell
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Jacob K
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Nel Ajero
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Beautiful hike. So refreshing.

Susan C.
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Fantastic hike! Go early to avoid crowds.

Julian F
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HikingGreat!

don't let the fog fool you. the trail is beautiful with or without fog. great mix of creeks, ferns and wildlife. make sure to bring a light jacket to keep on and remove as the temperatures tend to change through the hike in regards to the sun. don't hesitate. Do this hike!

RBlades33 User
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HikingGreat!

Great hike. Started at White Sands gate and headed towards Stinson beach going clockwise on the Matt Davis loop. The entire loop was amazing. I think if you are moving fairly quickly you can complete the entire loop in 3 hours. We took our time and finished in about 4 hours. Sections of the trail gave me that Indiana Jones/Ewok movie set feel.

Shari Garcia
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Phenomenal

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Jerry Hom
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Great moderate hike. Went clockwise, first couple of miles somewhat challenging. Street parking readily available on a Monday morning. Folks streaming into town as I was leaving in the early afternoon. Most hikers wore masks and practiced social distancing. Not crowded, but ran into a couple dozen hikers along the way. One section had a ladder to climb, so it can get congested there. Most of the hike was in a covered, forested area, with occasional great views of Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean

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Kristoff Fajardo
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Pay attention to the directions on here or you will lose track and make two key mistakes like I did lol. Tons of bikers and very rocky. The clouds cleared up and the views from the peak were fabulous. Logged almost 19.9 miles on Strava and 18 on here. Bring lots of water and start very early. Started at 630 am and finished at around 3pm. Stinson beach was cracking with tons of beach goers.

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Mrs. Nancy
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful and good workout hike for an average person. Shady all the way. Recommend you wear hiking shoes. Some areas is a little wet & slippery.

Patricia Pan
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6/26/20 We parked at the Stinson beach parking lot which had tons of parking at around 11am, then went up the dipsea trail. When the trail split between to Pantoll camp or dipsea trail, we took dipsea trail up and back and encountered the ladder along the way. Traffic in both directions so wear a mask! Right of way normally goes to people going up a steep uphill or to the faster people/smaller groups.

Erin Taboada
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Beautiful! Most people has masks. We got there about 8:30 and the hiking parking spots were mostly taken. The beach parking lot was empty but by the time we hiked down around 1:00 pm town was packed and there was a lot of traffic.

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Randy Kerckhoff
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Beautiful trail with unbelievable scenery with redwoods right near Stinson beach.

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Kyle Auble
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HikingMuddy

Fun trail, we actually made own loop and went all the way through Muir Woods and then looped back to meet this one again. Steep Ravine was beautiful!

Frankie Rodriguez
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! The fog makes it look so beautiful There are nice spots to stop and take in the beauty of your surroundings... we stopped quite a bit just to sit next to a few small waterfalls. It was so relaxing The only thing that got annoying was that there was quite a bit of traffic so we kept removing and putting on our masks. Wasn’t too bad for me but my boyfriend wears glasses and his kept getting fogged up when he had to put his mask on. If you wear glasses, definitely put on contacts if you have them. Mostly everyone we passed by was being responsible and had masks on.

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amy highstreet
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Great trail. I started early. Definitely had more people at the end of the hike. Everyone has masks

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Rocky Inahurry
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Karri Jones
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This trail was stunning. It was a mix of beach, red woods, mountains, bridges, ladder, and all the things. Parked by the fire station off a back road starting at Stinson Beach and found parking pretty easily at 9:00a.m. It did get extremely crowded by the end of the hike so would recommend a mask if you’re going during COVID season. For a more challenging hike, take old stage up to west peak for a beautiful view of San Fransico and then take Rosa to Matt Davis back down.

punkass johnny
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Awesome trail and awesome hike. Will do it again but more on the Steep Ravine Trail because it is so much more greener like the PNW.

Charlene Nguyen
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Wonderful trail! Definitely get there early as possible and go on a weekday to avoid a lot of foot traffic. I went on a Thursday (7/16) and there weren’t that many people on the trail. I parked at the Bach but seeing how I could’ve parked closer, I wasn’t too upset about it because I got to dip my toes in the cold water. This was my first trail and it was a tough one on my beginner legs! I loved seeing the fog even though I was there around noon. Lots of sight-seeing, creeks, and the beautiful ladder mid-way! Bring lots of water!

Francisco Saenz
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Chiew Saeteurn
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Did this hike on 7/17/20. Started out at the dipsea trail original clockwise route. Lots of stairs! Be ready. It takes you out of the coast after some time and into the woods! Continued to dipsea but decided to skip steep rivine and headed on up to Muir Woods, Once I got to cardiac hill took a short break and kept on following dipsea. You’ll pay a $15 at entrance at Muir Woods if you go this route instead of from the back side counterclockwise at matt davis trail. Anyways paid, from there on there are a lot of junctions for different trails you can choose. I went to red fern creek trail in the Muir Woods section it’s really great and lots of stairs! Burn! Finally route myself up toward boot jack and alphine trail. Then then back to the matt davis trail (the easier part, downhill) and back to Stinson beach. Roughly 12.5 miles total. Exhausting long hike but nonetheless great!!!!

Raymond Klucik
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Lots of hikers for a Saturday. Mostly everybody is wearing a mask which is nice. Steep trails but beautiful views. We even saw a pod of whales at the finish of the loop. Definitely one of the most magical hikes in the Bay Area.

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Scarlett McKelly
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Gorgeous trail filled with fog and only a few muddy parts. I would probably recommend walking sticks if you’re going counter clockwise like we did. My knees were a little bothered, but once we started going uphill on the steep ravine side, I was fine. Saw a bunch of coyotes! Forgot to turn off Recording when we got back to camp. Movement time is the accurate recording: 3.5 hrs

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Stacey Speer
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HikingGreat!

This loop is my FAVORITE in the Bay Area. I prefer to start on the Matt Davis side. It's just a perfect hike in so many ways. I love the varied terrains throughout the whole loop.

Teresa Madrigal
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Great hike. Lots of stairs. Not dog friendly, lots of cat’s tail.

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