Explore the most popular beach trails near Stinson Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love the Dipsea portion of this trail. I would suggest going the Matt Davis portion to the where the vista of the ocean is and then going back down Dipsea. My reason for this suggestion is that Matt Davis has lots of poison oak and seemed to be more crowded.

Amazing trail! Took me around 3 hours. I did it counter clockwise this time (starting on Dipsea, then Steep Ravine and lastly Matt Davis) and is much more enjoyable, as the uphill part is not only shorter but also nicer, with water running and beautiful trees. After 1.5 hours you will arrive to Pantoll Campground, where you can refill your water bottle. From there, is all downhill vía Matt Davis trail.

Amazing hike, took us 4 hours with lots of stops

This was a gorgeous and moderately challenging hike with a decent amount of elevation change. Can’t wait to go back. Only reason I didn’t give five stars was the lack of maintenance. Exposed rebar on some Dipsea steps. Fencing down in many places along the route.

This was a lovely trail and a beaufiful day. The trail justified the ratings received on alltrails.com. We went up the Steep Ravine and came down on Matt David trail.

We are a new pro user of alltrails app, and the detailed offline maps and tracking were really worth it. Looking forward to many more.

One of my fav hikes I’ve done so far. Really beautiful, took Steep Ravine trail and went all the way down to Stinson Beach. Beautiful views.

Beautiful scenic views, family friendly.

A nice waterfall and scenery changes from forest to meadow to waterfall to coastal. Started from the Stinson beach fire station

My favorite hike in the Bay Area

Beautiful scenic views for a hike! must visit.

Parked by the Stinson Beach Fire Station & walked up to trail. Beautiful hike with so much forestry combined with open areas when you get closer to the top. Views from the ocean are amazing & I did see 1 coyote on the other side of the creek...thankfully. Great hike & ended up at Stinson Beach to unwind.

Beautiful and varied views! Very exposed for maybe a third of the way so bring sun protection

Loved the scenic trail. Listen to everyone’s advice and go counter clockwise. You’ll see a lot of beauty sceneries and feel like you’ve just stepped into the tropical wilderness. It’s about 4 miles to get to the top and you come to a rest stop for bathrooms, water fountains, guest information center, and vending machines. We were glad we brought enough water because we were almost out of water by the time we got to the rest stop.The climb was tough, but possible and be prepared to climb a ladder or climb down one if you are going clockwise. Once you finish the 6-7 mile trail you can enjoy lunch at the local restaurant near the beach. Go early in the morning because the sun will shine down at ya around 12 and it’ll get pretty warm.

Actually a really cool hike. Started the hike with the Matt Davis trail and finished with the dipsea trail. Steep ravine was probably the best part of the hike you feel like you are in a different world. Over all very diverse scenery throughout the hike.

One of the most colorful hikes I’ve ever been on. Went around 1030 and finished around 2pm. The clouds hanging over the first part of the hike made the place feel pretty magical. I enjoyed the different sceneries offered with each part of the hike and even saw an owl. Love it!

Most part of the trail has shadows, therefore is suitable for summer. View is great!

amazing hike with good views

Going clockwise means steep climbs in the first mile. Everything else is smooth sailing.

Beautiful and diverse scenery, with elevation changes to keep things interesting. You get to walk through amazingly dense redwood forests, climb a wooden ladder, and (if going clockwise) the views open up as far as San Francisco on a clear day.

One of the best hikes i have been in a long time. Beautiful pacific ocean views, very well maintained and very amazing surprises(in a good way) during the hike with such a dense forest like atmosphere with fog and light drizzle, felt like as if i was in a rainforest. I would do this hike again and again. A day well spent with hike and relax at the beach. You can park your car at the Stinson beach park where the start/end points meet. We spotted whales while on the beach which was another best part of the trip. Beautiful weather, though it was cloudy yet was warm enough at the beach.
One suggestion: Please download the Alltrails mobile app and follow through the trail loop on the map, so that you don’t get lost from your path. It will help you a big time. To do this you don’t have to purchase the pro version or download maps. Even though you don’t have network it will still spot you on the map with a blue bubble(same like how google maps does). I have seen some people getting lost so wanted to share so that it will benefits others. Hope this helps.

Great trail but the opening paragraph of the hike description is very misleading. It starts out by saying you can hike to the muir visitor center and then back to Stinson. This actually contradicts the map. If you followed what was written you would hike the trail to muir visitor center which is off the intended hiking trail and actually sent me up the dipsea trail vs steep ravine. No big deal as I got back on track but you need to rewrite the opening paragraph.

Awesome trail with variety of scenery.

Gorgeous hike that offers a huge variety of scenery. We hiked this in reverse (a less popular choice) and it was amazing! Starting at the Matt Davis trailhead near the fire station, you hike mostly uphill to the Pantoll visitor center. The visitor center roughly marks the halfway point, and offers restrooms and a drinking fountain to refill your water bottle. Then you proceed to the steep ravine and dipsea trails, with great views of the ocean and a pleasant ocean breeze on the way back. Absolutely breathtaking!

hands down one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on, the prettiest part being Steep Ravine. when your walking through Redwoods with the babbling creek next to you it looks like the Forest of Endor. I'd suggest going In March-May, everything is greener then, but I went a couple weeks ago and it was still great. at a moderate pace finished in about 3 hours.

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Love this trail especially the Steep Ravine portion. Beautiful ravine with the added shade of our coastal Redwoods! Park free at Stinson and end your hike relaxing at the beach. Complete day!

From the Matt Davis which quickly opens up to beautiful, rolling hills overlooking the Pacific into switchbacking down through evergreen forests to the open coastal trail of the Dipsea to a gorgeous, shaded Redwood forest along Webb Creek on the Steep Ravine, this hike has it all.

A couple short-but-tight street walks/crossings (from Pantoll across to Matt Davis and in town to Dipsea trailhead) so beware of traffic.

We parked at the Pantoll station and hiked Steep Ravine to Dipsea. Lunch at Stinson. Back up Matt Davis. Did not care for Matt Davis. A lot of poison oak and not nearly as pretty as Steep Ravine/Dipsea. Quite the climb on a warm late afternoon as well. Good workout dripping sweat the first couple miles on Matt Davis though so...there's that. We hiked Friday, July 20th. Trails weren't terribly crowded. We passed about five or six groups and a couple of solo hikers on the way down. One runner. A few solo hikers coming down Matt Davis while we climbed up.

Started at 9am & finished a little passed noon, totaling 7.5 miles. Started at Dipsea & veered further by hiking the borders of the ocean coast, then crossed over to the Matt Trail. The incline at the beginning was definitely a burn, but a great workout. It was hot, but cooled down in the shaded areas on Matt Trail. Very little water in the creeks. No waterfall. There is a restroom at the parking lot between the 2 trails. Trails were very clean. Views were beautiful. Saw lots of blue dragonflies on the Matt Trail. Would love to do this hike again in the spring or after a good rain.

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