Steep Ravine - Matt Davis Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,556' 474 m
Descent: -1,589' -484 m
High: 1,583' 483 m
Low: 81' 25 m
GradeAvg 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.”— Miguel Vieira
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.
Land Manager: California State Parks - Tamalpais State Park