Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais

MODERATE 30 reviews

Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais is a 15.4 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
15.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3956 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.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

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
12 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

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
1 month ago

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trail running
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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mountain biking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago