Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais

MODERATE 63 reviews

Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stinson Beach, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
14.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,585 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Drive to Stinson Beach and try to park on the street as soon as you reach the town.

1 month ago

Much harder than I expected but one of my favorite hikes ive ever done. My knees and ankles are super sore but it was worth the pain

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy to follow trail.
Beautiful views!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome Hike!

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6 months ago

This is a great hike but it’s long and uphill for the first 7.5 miles. If you have experience hiking 8-10 mile mountain hikes, then go for it. Plan your route so you are on Fern Creek Trail coming down from the summit - it’s steep and the most difficult part of the hike. The entire loop is very scenic from start to finish.

hiking
11 months ago

Long but moderately hard hike. prepare to take as long as you need to finish.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Very long, challenging hike. Steep Ravine is the one of the prettiest trails I have seen. There is a big parking lot in Stinson Beach that parking was easy. We got there around 8:30 on Saturday. The fog was so thick in the morning we decided to start Dipsea-Steep Ravine instead of Matt Davis - it was still foggy at the peak we couldn't see SF and GGBridge. We were amazed how many bridges we crossed on the trail that we thought we should have counted them. Even though it was foggy in lower elevation it was sunny and hot after Pan Toll. Fern Creek Trail from the peak was so steep and exposed we were glad it was downhill instead of up. The peak was crowded but the view was amazing. It took us all day to finish but we have done it - the sea to the peak hike that I wanted to do and the experience was very satisfying.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

I like this trail, but honestly the lower part without the summit is the highlight for me. After Pantoll there are some great views, but in the summer the fire road part is exposed and HOT. We had a tough time because of the heat. We did start by 830am or so, and it was lucky, because the heat slowed us down significantly and we didn't finish til early evening. Do it in cooler weather, and/or start early. Also the signage after and around Pantoll can be kind of confusing, so we took some wrong turns. Still found the summit just fine, in about the same mileage.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

This hike offers some of the most amazing environment changes. One minute you're in a forest, the next you're in a field full of wildflowers. The signs posted can get a little confusing, so I'd definitely recommend snapping a pic of the trail map or visiting the State Park office to get one of their printed copies (there's one located at the beginning of the Steep Ravine trail). Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sturdy shoes!

mountain biking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

You cannot MTB on this trail. Should be removed from filter.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Loved it!! Beautiful views, definitely will go back there again soon.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Nice trip with math friends:)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Me and Donny D almost died, but would do it again.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Amazing vistas and old growth groves a very short distance from the city. There are many trails to choose from making it easy to hike different distances. Incline is gradual on most of the mountain making this ideal for trail running.

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