Steep Ravine Trails

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#1 of 8 trails in Mt Tamaipais State Park
Steep Ravine Trails is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Stinson Beach, CA that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

2.2 miles 29 feet Point to Point
hiking walking forest views
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Steep Ravine Trail climbs up from Stinson Beach to Muir Woods. This hike has lots of elevation gain, but the views and scenery are well worth the effort. Start from Stinson beach and take the Steep Ravine Trail up to Pantoll

Will stern
9 days ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Morgen Springer
26 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

It's steep in some spots for sure, thus the name! There's a cool ladder to climb and some really nice densely green areas along the creek.

Graham Goddard
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Our favorite Bay Area trail. We started at the Highway 1 trail head about 11:00 am and reached the Pantoll ranger station shortly after noon. There is only room for 7 or 8 cars at the trailhead but there is considerably more room on the west side of the highway a hundred yards or so north.

Although the weather was beautiful (sunny, mid-sixties) the we encountered few others, the only hold-up was at the ladder about half-way up the trail. There we had a couple of minutes to rest up as others made their way up or down.

The trail itself is very well maintained and easy as any significant stream crossings (and some trivial ones as well) are all done via wooden bridges. Despite heavy rain the day before there was only minimal mud and muck. There is something very refreshing and awe inspiring about walking through Redwoods and this hike provides them in abundance!

For the return trip we took Old Mine Trail old to Cardiac Hill then the Dipsea trail back down to where it intersects with Steep Ravine. This adds a little extra distance but affords some wonderful views south toward the Marin Headlands, Tiburon, Angel Island and San Francisco. The descent along the Dipsea Trail can be slightly tricky in places but overall glorious.

Eric Ribaya
1 month ago

7 Completed9 Reviews

Nice trail. Started at Bootjack to Steep Ravine to Steep Ravine Encampment & scrambled the rocks along the coastline to Stinson Beach to MT Davies trail all the way back up to Bootjack

Michael Orenstein
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

A great place to get your heart rate up and a view of Stinson beach from high up above. The trail is very welcoming to all abilities. Wide and windy with long stretches to open the legs up.

Mark Brown
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Gorgeous trail, and almost completely empty when I did it (Monday in November). I didn't do the Matt Davis portion; just did out-and-back over the Dipsea and Steep Ravine to Pan Toll ranger station with a quick break for a snack there before heading back the same way.

It's a nice workout. I'm normally around ~15 minutes / mile on level ground. I averaged 17-23 minutes a mile here... half because it's fairly steep at points (shocking, given the name) and half because there's a lot of nature eye candy to look at.

I'll definitely add Matt Davis next time. I can do steep ascents all day long, but I was practicing with a ~30lb pack and didn't bring poles with me. Knees were definitely a little pissed off with me at the end and over the next day.

Rahul Ram
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

One of the best beginner friendly hikes. I love this trail.

Diane Philips
9 months ago

30 Completed8 Reviews

Charlie Lawrence
10 months ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

On a sunny day this is one of the best Nike in the Bay Area. Coast, Redwoods, big elevation gain and great views. Well maintained and marked...take Matt Davis back to beach.

Andy Kotenko
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

loved it, if you want a hard, heart pumping, sweating trail this one is for you. At the end of the trail there is the ocean so you can chill there if you want ☺

Ed Callaert
1 year ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Not ONE of the above images are actually from Steep Ravine.

Rosa Guerra
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

First time here and although we only hiked for a little over an hour we loved it!! It's on our list to go back.

Brian Dow
3 years ago

24 Completed9 Reviews

A quick escape from the hustle and bustle...you completely forget about the everything else while not going too far out of your way.

Kyle Pennell
3 years ago

40 Completed25 Reviews

Steep Ravine trail is one of the lushest prettiest trails out there and it is literally 45 minutes from the city.

I wish it took longer but for the short time you are on it you can forget about civilization. There is one part is particular where you can sit down in a patch of thick redwoods and just watch a babbling brook. It is one of the most zen spots I know of and it's so close to home.

I highly recommend this trial.

Isabella Ventura
4 years ago

13 Completed5 Reviews

Kathy Reed
4 years ago

12 Completed5 Reviews

Began from Old Railroad grade to fern canyon trail. Continued on and up until reaching the East Peak of Mount Tam. Beautiful views. Fern canyon trail is pretty and steep.

Frederich Devaney
4 years ago

26 Completed16 Reviews

This hike is all about the view, and it's a good one for sure.

Joy Xi
4 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

gorgeous views, largely shaded; did loop from Stinson beach

Matt Jarjoura
4 years ago

0 Completed2 Reviews

Not too difficult. Mostly downhill, but last little stretch makes it back up to the top so prepare for that.

Janet Lundgren
4 years ago

0 Completed2 Reviews

Nice hike and that was along the fire road and Limataur trails. Both good hikes, bring food and water for a rest in the middle.