Steep Ravine Trail

Mount Tamalpais State Park, California

Distance2.2mi
Elevation Gain2,289ft
Trailhead Elevation397ft
Top1,480ft
Elevation Min/Max397/1480ft
Elevation Start/End397/397ft

Steep Ravine Trail

Steep Ravine Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais State Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 397 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,289 feet. The Pantoll Ranger Station ranger station and the Pantoll camp site are near the trailhead. There are also drinking water, a picnic site, parkings, and restrooms. The Jim Wright Grove (elevation 883 feet) wood can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Dipsea Trail.

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Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Linda Hamilton
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"This loop is considered by many the best hike in the North Bay. It starts out mostly downhill through the dappled shade of mixed forest and over grassy slopes soaking in the sunlight to the Pacific Ocean. On the way back up, the Steep Ravine Trail is in a deep-crested canyon and crosses the cascading Webb Creek by bridge multiple times under a canopy of tall redwoods. Beside a 15-foot waterfall, you will need to clamber up a 10-foot ladder back to the starting point."
Best Hikes Near San Francisco (Falcon Guides)
Linda Hamilton
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"The Steep Ravine/Matt Davis/Dipsea Loop, with a stop at Stinson Beach, is considered by many the best hike in the North Bay. Start at Pantoll Station in Mount Tamalpais State Park. Heading downhill, you go through the dappled shade of mixed forest and over grassy slopes soaking in the sunlight. Weaving down the trail past rock outcroppings and trickling creeks with western views of sand and surf, you’re suddenly in downtown Stinson Beach. Dipsea takes you through meadow and marsh to Steep Ravine Trail, the pride of Mount Tamalpais State Park. In the deep-crested canyon, follow rushing Webb Creek under a canopy of tall redwoods. Up farther you are rewarded with a 15-foot waterfall. Beside it is the 10-foot ladder, beloved by locals, that you must clamber up to make your way back to the starting point. Trails Surface: Single-track dirt trail with a short stint walking beside the highway."

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1/21/2019
This loop hike takes hikers to amazing destinations. Water cascades through shaded mountain chasms in the Winter & Spring. The route crosses mountainside meadows with wondrous panoramas of the Pacific coastline & Stinson Beach. The broad sandy beach is worth a stroll. Steep Ravine provides a singular experience. In addition to climbing narrow rock steps carved into overhanging cliffs, there’s a ladder to scramble up beside a waterfall. Find more information at hikingthegoldenstate.com.
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11/15/2006
This is a really good route for a trail run. For the most part the initial descent to Stinson is low angle (it gets steeper at the bottom) and offers incredible views of the ocean as you descend. It was nice that the midpoint of the trail puts you in the quaint Stinson beach center in case you want to hang out or get some food. The way down is VERY different from the way up Steep Ravine Trail, which is a bit darker, damper & feels more remote. You climb next to a creek the entire way and your walking through some great Redwood trees.
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Trail Information

Mount Tamalpais State Park
Nearby City
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Waterfalls, Views
Features
Mount Tamalpais State Park Pantoll Station, 3801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley 94941; (415) 3882070; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ id=471; and Stinson Beach Lifeguard Tower; (415) 868-0942; www.nps.gov/goga/stbe.htm
Local Contacts
Mount Tamalpais, Point Reyes #266
Local Maps

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