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Steep Ravine - Matt Davis Loop

 12 votes

7.0 Miles 11.3 Kilometers

 

80% 

Runnable

65%

Singletrack

1,637' 499 m

Ascent

-1,660' -506 m

Descent

1,588' 484 m

High

68' 21 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Unknown

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

Miguel Vieira

Overview

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.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

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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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
Jul 23, 2017
EugeneK
7mi
Jul 8, 2017
Rob Witt
Traffic came to a stop a mile before the trailhead (accident) so used the previous parking area. Short walk to trail, ran the 1st mi last

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