What? : Hike from the
Pacific Ocean coastline all the way up to the Pantoll Ranger Station in Mount Tamalpais
State Park. This loop hike offers deep lush forest, rushing streams and waterfalls
and from the top open trail sections a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Where? : Located on the
west side of Mount Tamalpais State Park, from Highway 1 near the ocean to Pantoll
Ranger Station at the mountains.
Find a parking spot
on the shoulders of highway 1 in place that this is allowed, if no parking available
right at the trailhead you can probably find a parking spots few hundred feet
to the north.
Form your first
step into the trail you will get into the lush ravine, surrounded by the deep
forest. The trail climbs moderately and after 0.5 mile you will reach the Dipsea
Keep hiking up on
Steep Ravine Trail, the creek is getting dipper with high trees on both sides
of the canyon. At this section there are two waterfalls along Webb Creek in
The upper falls
requires climbing up the waterfall via a 10 ft. high wooden ladder, this is probably
the “famous” picture from this trail.
Pantoll parking lot and Park HQ (2 miles from your starting point), find the
Lower Old Mine Trail or take the Deer Park Fire Road to the south, a short hike
will bring you to Veterans' Bench viewing point. The open mountain landscape rolling
down to the west and the panorama ocean view from this point worth a short-stop.
From here, take
Dipsea Trail down west, enjoy the open landscape and after 1.5-mile you will
reconnect to Steep Ravine Trail at the creek below.
From this point
go back to your car on the same trail you came up.
If you start your
hike at Dipsea Trailhead near Stinson Beach than you will start by climbing the
open hills south of Stinson Beach. At some point you will descend to Webb Creek
and join Steep Ravine Trail, from start to this junction you will hike 1.2-mile
long. Go up the Webb creek and follow my Steep Ravine Trail above section
If you are
starting Pantoll Ranger Station than I recommend first going south on the ridge
to Veterans' Bench viewing point, from there take Dipsea trail down to Webb Creek
and climb back to the starting point using Steep Ravine Trail, this is the shortest
way to hike this creek, 3.5 miles total.