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Matt Davis Trail

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 4.5 (11)

A monster climb followed by awesome views and a gentle descent.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

10.9

KM

Point to Point

1,589' 484 m

High

72' 22 m

Low

1,885' 574 m

Up

827' 252 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Start at the end of Belvedere Avenue. The trail is clearly marked at the trailhead. The trail will immediately cross a wooden bridge over a stream. At the first intersection, stay left to cross another creek. At the next intersection turn right. The trail will now begin to climb. Throughout this section, you'll be in the shade of the forest. After awhile the trail will emerge from the trees for a short stint before diving back into them the maples and buckeyes again. The trail will next climb the Bischof Steps as it curves to the right. The trail passes Table Rock, a large boulder, before another series of switchbacks. Eventually, the trail will once again emerge from the trees though it continues to climb. The trail will turn to the east again.

At about 2.5 miles, there is an intersection with the California Coastal Trail: Section 28 & 29 to the left. This trail will continue to the right. The trail will go in and out of the woods as it winds it's way east. Before reaching Panoramic Highway, it will head north and cross Pan Toll Road. It will now parallel Panoramic Highway for a distance before it heads north away from the highway only to cross it twice shortly. Now deep in the woods it will roughly parallel the highway though at quite a distance before finally ending at Hog Back Road.

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Shared By:

Tad Davis with improvements by Noah Gapsis

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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  4.5 from 11 votes
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#149

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#1,197

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Photos

Bolinas and the Pacific Ocean, Farralon Islands in sunset. From Bare Knoll off of Matt Davis Trail.
Jan 3, 2019 near Bolinas, CA
Near the top of the Matt Davis climb in characteristic mist
Aug 25, 2017 near Bolinas, CA
Top of the switchbacks coming up from Stinson Beach on the Matt Davis Trail, just before Coastal Trail junction.
Jan 3, 2019 near Bolinas, CA
The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean on the Matt Davis Trail.
Feb 27, 2017 near Bolinas, CA
View from Bare Knoll towards the coast
Jul 23, 2017 near Bolinas, CA
Lost in a fog.
Jul 1, 2018 near Mill Va…, CA

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Jul 16, 2021
Andrii Khmelkov
Nov 3, 2020
Jaclyn Rose
Sep 15, 2019
Ferdie T
Sep 2, 2019
Jam Soj
4mi — 2h 00m
Jun 23, 2019
Maria Lopez Ruiz
Apr 20, 2019
Chance Anderson
5mi
Jan 1, 2019
Daniel Katz
Jul 25, 2018
Chris Weiss
Did a loop around Mountain Theater and West End Inn and then back on the Matt Davis to the Pantoll Ranger Station. 2.5mi — 1h 00m