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Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop

Stinson Beach, California

based on 14 reviews



6.62 miles

Elevation Gain

1726 ft

Route Type



Added by Ryan Vermilion

Hike a loop on Mt. Tamalpais covering two of the most famous bay area trails: Dipsea and Steep Ravine. Experiencing amazing views of Pt. Reyes, the Pacific Ocean, waterfalls, and wildflowers.

This loop is made up of three of the most popular Marin trails and for good reason. These trails offer not only expansive ocean views, but a variety of topography and environments. This 6+ mile loop offers up waterfalls, dense forests, redwoods, and open grasslands overlooking the pacific. Starting from the Stinson Beach Trailhead behind the fire station, you will cross over an old, wooden bridge and begin the ascent up the Matt Davis Trail. The trek upward may feel like it never ends, but just at ~2.5 miles, you'll receive a little reprieve. Stay on the Matt Davis trail, and head to the clearing, where you can enjoy ocean views, sights of Marin and SF.

As you exit the grassland, you'll cross over the Panoramic Highway, reaching the Pantoll Campground. Keep an eye out for traffic! Once you see the sign for the Steep Ravine Trail (downhill to your right before crossing Pantoll Rd or Deer Park Fire Rd), start your descent along the canyon wall. When you reach the top of the ladder on Steep Ravine, stop and get your obligatory photo opp in. Continue on Steep Ravine until you reach the Dipsea at approximately 6 miles in.

Once on the Dipsea, take the trail the remaining mileage back to the parking lot.

Print out the Tamalpais State Park Map before hitting the trail.

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My husband and I really enjoyed this hike. We went after two days of rain, which meant the trail was quite muddy and we had to jump over several waterfall streams, but that just made it more fun. The fog rolled in just after we arrived, so we missed the views at the top. . .guess we'll have to go back!

This is easily one of my favorite loops in the Bay Area and it makes for a killer trail run in either direction, any time of year, and in any weather.

This is one of my favorite hikes near the city. Yes, the drive to Stinson is pretty windy, but the hike is definitely worth it -- spanning hillsides with ocean views, tall forests, and plenty of photo ops. You'll get a decent climb right from the start so make sure you bring plenty of water and a couple snacks with you. One more thing to note, the parking near the fire station can get a little crowded on weekends, so get there as early as you can.

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