Stinson Beach and Matt Davis Trail

Ahhh, finally! a chance to lead a local hike. Consider joining us for this fun hike. We meet at 11 & P at 7:45 and leave at 8 am.

This is an all time favourite hike amongst many. Who can resist the trail winds of dull woodlands (only about a mile) that leads to panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the enigmatic  city of San Francisco, the descend to the resort towns of Stinson Beach and the somewhat sheer climb to Steep Ravine all in one hike? Enjoy the chaparral covered hills, the old growth redwoods, the velvety moss concealing the trees and ultimately leading to the beach where we feel the placid ocean breeze onto our face and body.

It is a 7.3 mile loop of moderate ascend, about 1600 feet in elevation change. Duration is 4 to 5 hours depending on how long we want to stay at the beach. For more info about the trail, visit here. http://www.nrdc.org/greengate/outside/adv3.asp

NO DOGS ALLOWED AT THE PARK.

We meet at the trailhead at the Pantoll Station parking lot. Begin the hike with a midway break to Stinson Beach (that means lunch folks!). Let’s hear the thundering waves, crashing surf and dance away into the swing of the twirling wind with the sun splashing its rays onto our face or just simply kick the sand under our feet. Then head back through the easy Matt Davis trail.

The parking lot at Pantoll is small. The overflow parking is third of a mile down the road at Bootjack. Therefore carpool is strongly encouraged. Pool with a hiker of the same ability and schedule. Pay your driver $4 per hour, about $16 and maybe a bottle of wine (joke)

 

Checklist for packing: Water, hat, sunscreen, lunch, smile and positive attitude.

 

Directions to the park: (99 miles, one hour 58 minutes)

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

1. Head west on P St toward 11th St 0.7 mi

2. Keep left at the fork to continue toward CA-99 S 0.2 mi

3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-80/US-50/CA-99/San Francisco/Fresno and merge onto CA-99 S 0.2 mi

4. Take the exit toward I-80 W/San Francisco 0.5 mi

5. Merge onto I-80 BUS W 0.5 mi

6. Merge onto I-80 W 3.1 mi

7. Take exit 33B to merge onto CA-37 W toward Novato/San Rafael 48.2 mi

8. Slight left to stay on CA-37 W 18.7 mi

9. Merge onto US-101 S via the ramp to San Rafael/San Francisco 18.7 mi

10. Take exit 445B for CA-1 N toward Stinson Beach 2.8 mi

11. Merge onto US-101 14.9 mi

12. Turn left onto CA-1 N 0.2 mi

13. Take the 2nd left to stay on CA-1 N 0.1 mi

14. Turn left to stay on CA-1 N 0.5 mi

15. Slight right onto Panoramic Hwy 1.2 mi

16. Slight left to stay on Panoramic Hwy 1.4 mi

17. Turn right onto Mountain Theater Rd/Pan Toll Rd/S Side Rd 2.6 mi

Matt Davis Hiking Trail

Stinson Beach, CA 94970

2.7 mi

 

 

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  • EB

    Even more beautiful than I remember. Thank you CraigV for getting us there safely and Del Marie for organizing a great hike and group of people.

    April 14, 2013

  • Beatrice

    Great hike, most beautiful trails and views, loved it!

    April 14, 2013

  • Craig V

    Another beautiful hike!

    April 14, 2013

  • Cyndi

    We (Patricia & Paul) missed the parking location near Matt Davis Trail. We parked at the base of the trail. Sorry for the miss connection but had a great hike while trying to find our group. Loved the variety of elements, trees, redwoods, wildflowers, . Was truly beautiful. We passed you all on our way back down and got in a brief hello. Shared photos. Next time.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Della R.

    This was an awesome hike with all my favorite elements: ocean views, redwoods and a flowing creek with waterfalls. Very nice!

    April 13, 2013

  • Anneli

    Great hike, great day, thanks for organizing Del Marie. So nice to see many old friends after a long time.

    April 13, 2013

  • Del M.

    The hike was just right distance. View varied from scenic ocean to flowery meadows. Company was busy! Thank you all for attending. For those who missed, if we do it again, the flowers may not be blooming. :)

    April 13, 2013

  • Vitaliy F.

    great hike, thanks to Del Marie for leading.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Diane

    I loved this hike, it was beautiful and I got to spend the day with my hike buddies!

    April 13, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    This was an awesome hike : great people and beautiful weather in nature. p.s. thanks James for the lift!!!

    April 13, 2013

  • Sheila M

    Good workout, my fav hiking buddies and beautiful day! Thanks Del Marie for putting it together!

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Thank you today was a great hike it's one of my favorites.

    April 13, 2013

  • Greg

    So dissapointed - won't be on time for this one. Did not change my RSVP until now.

    April 13, 2013

  • Dale P.

    Sorry ment to change my RSVP earlier see you all on the trail very soon.

    April 13, 2013

  • Terri S.

    Can someone bring extra printed directions for drivers? My printer is shot. thanks

    April 12, 2013

  • Gina

    Hi, bringing friend, Lisa, once again! :-)

    April 13, 2013

  • Ewelina

    Hi everyone! Im new in California and I would like to carpool with someone too (from our meeting spot 11 & P). If anyone have free space in the car??? :) Thanks!

    April 12, 2013

    • Del M.

      There will be plenty of space. You are covered.

      April 12, 2013

  • Rachel W.

    Maybe. My cat is sick so I may need to stay home with her tomorrow.

    April 12, 2013

  • Jo Anne S.

    I have a problem with my eye, need to stay home.

    April 12, 2013

  • Ruth W.

    Can't make this hike after all but don't worry, you'll be seeing my face again in the future!

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Vitaliy F.

    Is the recommendation to bring your own lunch or are there good places to get food at Stinson Beach? Will we be stopping there long enough to buy something?

    April 12, 2013

    • Del M.

      Pls bring your own lunch, too early to stop before hike

      April 12, 2013

  • Victoria & D.

    I decided to take my Dog and camera wildflowers searching - anyone knows of an area ?

    April 12, 2013

  • Kim

    It turns out that I cannot make this wonderful hike. Enjoy!

    April 12, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    I would absolutely love to do this hike. I love the ocean and this trail looks so lovely to hike. So my question is, is anyone carpooling from 11th&P. I will pay $16 gas in gas $$$, and I have no specific time I have to return home. Thank you.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    Yay!!! Let's hope the weather holds up...it's supposed to be 68 and mostly sunny :-D...

    April 9, 2013

  • Janice Marie F.

    I'm so excited for this hike...and the other day I discovered Clif Kit's Organic whole food bars (with no white sugar) to snack on. Doubly delicious day!!!

    April 12, 2013

  • Susan

    THE most beautiful hike. If I thought I could get back in time to lead Second Saturday, I'd go...

    April 12, 2013

  • Garry J.

    Can't make it this trip. Enjoy your day!

    April 11, 2013

  • Craig V

    I'll meet you at the trailhead. I'll have Beatrice, Varya & EB with me.

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Del M.

    We will arrange carpool at the meeting place so no worries about getting a ride with someone. I just wanted to get a "heads up" because it looks like a big group here - that is if everyone shows up :) Suppose to be warm this weekend.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Anneli

    Chris K and I will meet you at Pantoll

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • EB

    Anyone coming from Folsom. I would like a ride please.

    April 8, 2013

    • Del M.

      Contact Craig, Beatrice or Varya

      April 8, 2013

    • Beatrice

      I sent you an email regarding carpooling with Craig. Please read and reply.

      April 8, 2013

  • Lito.

    I NEED CARPOOL AT P AND 11 ST, PLEASE!

    April 7, 2013

  • Del M.

    Carpoolers, drivers or riders, please come forward and post here. Pls keep in mind when you carpool to stay with hikers your own ability level and schedule. There are requests from Vacaville and Fairfield. Anybody from there who can accommodate them? Please post here. You are to arrange your own carpool but I will gladly help if needed. Just let me know. Thanks.

    April 7, 2013

  • Pepe R.

    Love this hike! This is one of my favs

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • christine h.

    Could I please carpool with someone. I will bring brownies! Thanks so much

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • sonia p.

    Anyone carpooling from davis dixon or Vacaville that has room for 1?

    April 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sonia were you able to get someone .. If I can carpool with anyone from Fairfield?

      April 5, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry I won't be able to make this hike. Was really looking forward to it but something has come up. Hope to join this group in a future hike. Have a great time!

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Dale P.

    I am saying yes but it really depends on if my doctor gives me the go ahead to hike. Thanks for positing this Del Marie =]

    2 · March 15, 2013

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