Combining three of Tam’s top trails, this classic loop has it all: redwoods, ocean vistas, wooden ladders, waterfalls, steep climbs, and forgiving descents. The trek down is 3.5 miles along the Matt Davis Trail, past murmuring creeks, fir-shaded valleys and open hills budding with checkerbloom and lupine. Stairs will keep you from butt-boarding on the steepest parts.
At Table Rock check out views of Bolinas Lagoon; soon after you’ll spill into the town of Stinson Beach. After a brief beach respite—try the Mirror Pond Ale Fish & Chips at the Sand Dollar Restaurant—return via the Dipsea and Steep Ravine trails.
The trail back up gets so steep near the end that there’s a wooden ladder for your climbing convenience. This is Tam at its finest, so be sure to leave time for frequent sightseeing breaks en route.
Begin the loop at the Pantoll Ranger Station parking lot, off Panoramic Hwy., where you can also pick up trail maps. Take the Matt Davis Trail all the way to Stinson Beach. On your return from Stinson Beach, walk up Shoreline Highway, a.k.a. Highway 1, to its intersection with Panoramic Highway on the hill above the town. Walk a short distance up Panoramic, and pick up the first unmarked trail on your right, which is the Dipsea. It will later connect with Steep Ravine, which takes you back to Pantoll.