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Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais

HARD 77 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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

14.6 miles
3,585 feet



nature trips

trail running

bird watching






wild flowers


no dogs

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

15 days ago

1 month ago

Don't get fooled by the difficulty rating of this trail. It is a very easy trail that offers little to no exciting challenge. It is highly trafficked so make sure to come early if you don't want to be stuck behind groups of people who have little to no hiking experience. I have no idea why this trail is rated as hard if you don't take the distance into consideration. It took us about 7h to complete the whole trail, including a longer lunch break. The trail offers some very nice views but the top is accessible by car so expect crowds who just drive up, snap some pics and turn back home.

2 months ago

Great trail, fairly well maintained and the park rangers are very helpful. Definitely more like 16 miles. I recommend going counterclockwise and saving the Matt Davis portion for the last bit. Taking a break at West Point provides some lovely views and the restrooms came in clutch. Lots of incline on the way to the peak, naturally, so be ready for that. After the rain I was surprised to see how well the trail drained but there were still parts that were quite wet. The restrooms at the peak are currently out of service. For your planning purposes.

3 months ago

More like 16 miles. The last two miles are very steep. Lots of good and diverse views

4 months ago

Started early for this hike: on road by 6 on the trail by 730. Easy parking early ona. Cold winter's day but easy to imagine the town fills up fast under different circumstances. I took the Matt Davis trail up to the inn and then the old fire road to the fern trail. Nothing to challenging I may try to attack it from the willow camp trail next time since it's more challenging. Beautiful views, lots of clearly marked trails, hard to get lost.

6 months ago

We did this on october 27. The views are absolutely briliant. Very hard towards the peak. Steep and a lot of stairs. The beauty of all of the hike is breathtaking. Took us 8 hours. :) we went up the fern trail and oh boy was it hard. Like super hard.

6 months ago

A nice trail going thru different temparature zones and resulting ecosystem. if its the rainforest like feel in the deep ravine trail, its the virtual hard rubble brush in the upper fern creek trail. Would rate it as an easy to moderate depending upon the hiking level. we are an east bay based hiking group and have trained on the mt. diablo for longer hikes. comparitively this is mellow and not much challenges . the only difference was the length which makes it seem tougher. The climd upto panatoll staging area is very scenic and lively. beyond depending upon the path you take - old grade road or matt davis trail to upper fern creek - it can be easy or tough. we took the fire road and it turned out to be an easy hike, except for the sun which was out hot and bright,. the view from the top is amazing and worth the hike. on the way back took the rock scamble behind the lookout and then the fern creek trail. it was a good downward trail, well maintained. the trail from panatoll to the beach thru matt davis travis is mostly smooth except for the switchbacks which caused the max strain. overall a good long hike.

10 months 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

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Very easy to follow trail. Beautiful views!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Awesome Hike! https://www.relive.cc/view/1426335029

Friday, February 09, 2018

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.

Monday, September 04, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Nice trip with math friends:)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

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.

1 month ago

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