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blueBlack Steep Ravine - Matt Davis Loop

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Trail

7.1 mile 11.4 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,556' 474 m
Descent: -1,589' -484 m
High: 1,583' 483 m
Low: 81' 25 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

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

Miguel Vieira

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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Apr 18, 2019
Meaghan O.
7.1mi
Mar 24, 2019
Dan Schaefer
Started from Beach Parking lot. Great views and lots of water! 8.2mi — 2h 35m
Mar 8, 2019
Evelyn Wong
Some mud and fallen trees
Feb 10, 2019
Kalen Walkington
Jan 26, 2019
Brieanna Beck
Awesome views! Worth every step. 7.3mi
Jan 12, 2019
Sabrina Poiré
Matt Davis Trail -Steep Ravine Loop
Jan 2, 2019
Ken Wilson
Down Steep Ravine, up Matt Davis. 1500' drop and then gain. Clear air. Good sunset over ocean, Farralon's visible 8.5mi — 3h 21m
Dec 8, 2018
Satyakiran Duggina
9.6mi

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  4.8 from 43 votes

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