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Steep Ravine - Matt Davis Loop

 4.9 (29)

Length


7.0 Miles 11.3 Kilometers


1,637' 499 m

Ascent

-1,660' -506 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

1,588' 484 m

High

68' 21 m

Low

Shared By Miguel Vieira

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This awesome loop takes you up a redwood canyon and then down sunny slopes overlooking the Pacific.

Miguel Vieira

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This tour of Mount Tam's western slopes takes you up a dark ravine filled with ancient redwoods which to grassy meadows with knock-out ocean views.

Description

Start this loop at the small parking lot on Panoramic Highway. If that parking is full, look for parking in town or at the large parking lot at Stinson Beach.

Take the Dipsea Trail east, heading first up a small but pretty canyon and then through coastal scrub with excellent views of the Pacific - look out for poison oak here. Cross a dirt road and continue to the intersection with the Steep Ravine Trail. Take the Steep Ravine Trail uphill, away from the ocean, through the surprisingly lush redwood canyon along Webb Creek. There are a few waterfalls here, and about halfway through, a particularly steep section of the trail has a ladder to climb. Continue on the Steep Ravine Trail as it climbs out of the canyon into a more open forest. The trail ends at Pantoll Ranger Station.

From Pantoll, cross Panoramic Highway, and find the Matt Davis Trail. Take the trail west (left). The trail enters the forest, but soon emerges onto a grassland that - on clear days - offers spectacular views of the Pacific. Stay on the Matt Davis Trail as it switchbacks through mixed evergreen forest down to the town of Stinson Beach.

The Matt Davis Trail deposits you on Belvedere Avenue. Take Belvedere Avenue left past the fire station, then turn left on Highway 1. Find the sign for the Dipsea Trail on the left side of the road and take the trail a short distance back to your car.

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Aug 12, 2018
Steven K
Jul 30, 2018
Matthew Funke
Great trail must do in the area but not for beginners 7mi
Jul 30, 2018
Aneta Zeppettella
Jul 21, 2018
Sarah Pilat
Good hike. Hazy
Jul 16, 2018
Sara Carvalho
Steady uphill with a steady downhill. Nice to stop at Pantoll Station to eat lunch. The Matt Davis side was more exposed to the sun. Great hike! 7.5mi
Jul 12, 2018
Naveen S
Jul 4, 2018
Sylvia Costello
Jun 19, 2018
Remo Leone
Went for a day hike with DP and Josh! 13mi

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  4.9 from 29 votes

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