Start/End : Stinson Beach
Trails : Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail to Matt Davis Trail
Mileage : 6 miles
Rating : Moderate/Strenuous (It’s really only strenuous when you hike off the trail.)
The next time you’re out on an adventure, remember some of these gentle reminders …
When you’re out hiking, remember to look back. The views are spectacular going forward but once in a while, stop and look back to soak up the beauty that surrounds you.
When you’re out hiking, remember to snap a photo with your hiking partners. I love the Gorillapod for self portraits and group shots.
When you’re out hiking, adventures occur at every turn. I have been on many trails but very few compare to this one — the ladder in the middle of the woods is so freakin’ cool!
When you’re out hiking, remember to look up. Looking down is important in preventing a misstep or a potential fall, but looking up is helpful in preventing head-on collisions with tree branches and trunks. Let’s just say that a few of us experienced more head-on collisions than we anticipated. But hey, it’s all part of the adventure.
When you’re out hiking, be prepared for weather changes. We experienced chilly canopies to full sun exposure to foggy, damp conditions.
When you’re out hiking, embrace nature’s beauty. Check out this gnarly tree!
When you’re out hiking, remember to stay on the trail — the real trail, not deer trails or trails made by others who want a shortcut. This could turn a moderate hike into one that is quite strenuous. Oh, when you’re going downhill, remember that sliding on your behind is sometimes an option.
When you’re out hiking, remember to bring people who enjoy hiking, make you laugh, support you when you’re having difficulties on the trail and know how to deal with wild animals, like mountain lions and snakes. We did not encounter any wild beasts, but we really worked as a team to get down the mountain. We landed on our bottoms a few times and took some beatings from rocks and trees, but together, we all made it safely down the steep climb. These ladies made for one heck of a wild and fun hike. Thank you for an unforgettable hiking experience.