60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Thirty-one
Steep Ravine-Matt Davis Loop
|Steep Ravine ladder|
What it's like:
7.3 miles of pure hiking bliss, traveling through deep lush woods and verdant grassland on the west slope of Mount Tamalpais.
It doesn't get better than now. With recent rains (and a bit more coming this week) the creeks and waterfalls are rushing and the grass is green. Look for wildflowers in the woods and grassland throughout the hike.
If you can't make it this week:
Not as much fun in the dry months -- try for April or May at the latest. This loop is very popular and crowded in the summer.
You can start this hike at Stinson Beach or Pantoll and hike the loop in either direction. I prefer to start at Stinson and get the climbing done first, but parking is much easier at Pantoll. (The book uses Pantoll as the trailhead; BAHiker describes the Stinson option.) If you start at Pantoll consider packing light and stopping for lunch in Stinson.
Steep Ravine-Matt Davis Loop is hike number 8 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on BAHiker.
El Sereno Open Space Preserve is a little known destination west of Los Gatos. Hikes here (like this 6 mile out and back) offer beautiful views -- enjoy flower spotting in the chaparral and grassland during spring.
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