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blueBlack Steep Ravine - Matt Davis Loop

  4.9 ( 49 ) Favorite


7.1 mile 11.4 kilometer loop
81% Runnable


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


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


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

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers


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.


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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Jun 29, 2019
Jenny Lao
Cut my time down to 2 hours since my very first time!! 7.1mi
Jun 26, 2019
Bruce Byerly
On my Davis trailto stinson beach.
Mar 6, 2019
Jay Lund
Oct 11, 2018
dskendall Kendall
Aug 9, 2018
Maggie Head
Wiped out but worth it! 7mi
Aug 30, 2017
Chelsea Watkins
7mi — 2h 00m
Aug 22, 2017
Claire Maude
6.5mi — 1h 25m
Aug 4, 2017
Alex H
Brilliant trail. 7mi

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