Matt Davis Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais Watershed and Mount Tamalpais State Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,490 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,748 feet. Pantoll and another camp site, the Bootjack day use area parking, the Pantoll Ranger Station ranger station, and the Stinson Beach Fire Department fire station are near the trailhead. There are also restroom, drinking waters, a picnic site, and parkings. Bare Knoll (elevation 1,568 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Matt Davis Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Matt Davis was known by some as the dean of trail workers, and the trail that bears his name was created in 1931 as a more level alternative to the Dipsea Trail. This is a classic Mount Tam loop hike with a great mix of scenery: woods, open grasslands, coastal scrub, and Bolinas Bay and Stinson Beach views. While you can start this hike at Pantoll station— short for Panoramic Toll and named for the toll booth that was near this location on Panoramic Highway—I like starting near the Stinson Beach Fire Station."
--Alexandra Kenin , Urban Trails San Francisco (The Mountaineers Books).
"Climb from the seaside village of Stinson Beach to Pantoll, about midway up Mount Tamalpais, then descend back to the sea via the magical redwood forest within the
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
"This is a great hike along south-facing ridges, into redwood canyons and over cascading creeks, offering views to the city and coast. Some traffic noise."
--Don & Kay Martin, Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC).
"Here is a magnificent hike through dense forest, past flowering hillsides, then along a refreshing creek. Spectacular views. May be overgrown in summer."
"This strenuous, but spectacular hike, starts out on coastal hills, then descends to Stinson Beach and returns along scenic Steep Ravine. Many stairs and some poison oak."
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