Past Meetup

Footsteps of Dorothea Lange&Her Summers@Steep Ravine Cabins


Whitegate Ranch Trailhead

Whitegate Ranch Trailhead · Stinson Beach, CA

How to find us

Whitegate Ranch Trailhead is located along the northern end of Panoramic Hwy. Follow Panoramic past the Pantoll Ranger Station for about 2.5 miles. When you come clear of the forest you are very close, look on left.

Location image of event venue


Here's a link to a fascinating set of Lange photos. ( mix of some Steep Ravine vacation shots with the iconic photos taken during the American depression of the 1930s. A contrast.

The hike will follow in the footsteps of Dorothea Lange and her summers at Steep Ravine Cabins. A book of her photos taken there, "To a Cabin", is available at the library to compare the then and now at these rustic cabins resting on the headlands below Steep Ravine Trail. Google Dorothea Lange for her bio and to see her iconic photo-journalism. (Sign-up for the March 26, N.Berkeley Hills hiking tour to see her home in there.) We're also looking forward to seeing the very rare, Giant Purple Trilliam in bloom.

To get to the meeting location, the Whitegate Ranch Trailhead, follow Panoramic Hwy.past the Pantoll Ranger Station and after about 2.5 miles you will come out of the forested area and be very close. Go around the wide curves and then look to the left for a big water tank. In a few yards on the left is a gated dirt road. Parking is available alongside Panoramic Highway here.

- Meetup time: (9:30am. The hike will depart promptly. If you have never been to this Trailhead, please leave extra time. From the 101 exits, it is a 35 minute drive to the Whitegate Ranch Trailhead (If you are late you will miss the hike; have a plan to be on time.)

- Meetup location: White Gate Ranch Trailhead (click link for a map to the Trailhead)

- Distance: 6.0 to 6.5 miles:

- Pace*: Normal/Moderate

- Difficulty: Moderate (If you've been getting long, walk/hikes in recently?)

- Trails Today: Steep Ravine Trail to Steep Ravine Cabiins. Backtrack to return.

What to Bring:
-Hiking boots.
- Water & Lunch: At least a bottle, or more as your needs determine. Something to eat for lunch on the trail.
- Goals, enjoy and learn about where we are hiking, sociability, make new friends and get some exercise.

*Pace, or speed of a group hike is relative to the individuals feeling of whether the hike is too slow or too fast. In the end the Hike Leader who sets a pace you like is just the right pace for you. By going on several hikes with a variety of Hike Leaders you will find the Hike Leader's pace you like.