Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop

Stinson Beach, California

4.7/5
based on 14 reviews

Details

Distance

6.62 miles

Elevation Gain

1726 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

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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Features

Photography
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Forest
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Waterfall
Wildflowers

Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop Reviews

Enjoyable 4mile hike to the beach. Lots of shade until you get to the open field but you get the ocean breeze.

This trail has lots of fun climbing trees, views of Stinson beach, and hillsides. Be careful to follow the trail. Some parts get narrower and if you aren't paying attention it's possible to accidentally wander off.

September 10, 2017 8:00AM-3:00PM Did this during the heatwave hitting the bay. Started on the Matt Davis trail and did the loop. The trail entrance to the Matt Davis was so obscure and hidden. There are no signs showing you where it starts. My buddy and I walked around the neighborhood for awhile before we found it. It looks like a trail into someone's backyard and it felt like we were trespassing. The Matt Davis trail this day was so hot and dusty. I prefer the Steep Ravine part of this hike because it was cooler and more photogenic. Actually most (if not all) of those photos above are on the Steep Ravine part of the hike. Overall the hike did have a lot of variety. Ocean, beach, grassy hills, forest, steams, bridges, waterfalls, ladders.

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