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Best trails in Stinson Beach

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Looking for a great trail near Stinson Beach, California? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or San Pedro Valley County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Stinson Beach ranging from 1 to 61.1 miles and from 9 to 2,467 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Stinson Beach
Top trails (26)
#1 - Dipsea, Steep Ravine, and Matt Davis Loop
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
Hike from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to The Muir Woods Visitor Center. This route offers a spectacular view of the ocean, rushing streams and beautiful 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.Show more
#2 - Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail from Pantoll
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
#3 - Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop from Stinson
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This trail offers stunning views and chaparral and redwood habitats.Show more
#4 - Matt Davis Trail to Pan Toll Road
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
#5 - Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais via Matt Davis Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 17 mi • Est. 9 h 21 m
#6 - Willow Camp Fire Road to Stinson Beach
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
About pets: leashed dogs are allowed only on paved roads and in the northern part of Stinson Beach. They are also allowed on Old Stage Fire Rd, Verna Dunshee Trail and on the campgrounds and picnic areas.Show more
#7 - Cataract Falls via Matt Davis Trail from Stinson Beach
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
#8 - Cataract, High March, Kent and Mickey O'Brien Trail Loop
Mount Tamalpais Watershed
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
Gorgeous hike through woods, meadows, chapparal with sounds of Cataract Creek and Falls. Take Cataract Trail to the High Marsh Trail, then to the CC Trail and Kent's Trail. Then, follow the Laurel Dell Fire Road for a short distance before meeting up with the Mickey O'Brian trail. Return Via CataractShow more
#9 - Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais Loop via Matt Davis Trail
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 17.3 mi • Est. 9 h 25 m
#10 - Dipsea to Ben Johnson Trail Loop (from Stinson Beach)
Muir Woods National Monument
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 49 m
If passing through Muir Woods Visitor Center, entrance fees will apply. Start at Stinson Beach and take the Dipsea trail. When you approach Muir Woods National Monument, take the Ben Johnson trail to enter the majestical Muir Woods. Then exit out of the park and get back on the Dipsea trail. Take it all the way to Stinson Beach.Show more
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