Steep Ravine Trail

Mount Tamalpais State Park, California

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 2,289 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 397 feet
Top Elevation: 1,480 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Parks: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 397/1480 ft
Elevation Start/End: 397/397 ft

Steep Ravine Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

Steep Ravine Trail Reviews

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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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