"This loop, which includes Steep Ravine Trail, is considered by many the best hike in the North Bay. Though opinions may vary depending on weather, season, mood, and company, the Steep Ravine–Matt Davis–Dipsea Loop with a stop at Stinson Beach is up there at the top of the list. You can start the loop at Stinson Beach, leaving a picnic stowed in the trunk or after spending the night at the Redwood Haus in town. Steep Ravine is your starting point if you are camping or staying in one of the rustic cabins. The featured hike starts at Pantoll Station in Mount Tamalpais State Park. 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, you follow the rushing Webb Creek under a canopy of tall redwoods. Ferns hang over moist banks, and a rich, earthy smell invites you to take it all in. 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, where there are full facilities. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."