Trillim chloropetalum giant trillium Lower Steep Ravine Photo by Woody Elliott

Steep Ravine

Lower Steep Ravine and Rocky Point

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Lower Steep Ravine trail and the Rocky Point loop down to the Steep Ravine cabins can be quite incredible in early March. To the east of Route 1 is a botanically rich riparian habitat that is the home to Trillium chloropetalum (sessile-flowered wake-robin), both species of Mianthemum (Solomon seal), Fritillaria affinis (mission bells) and Disporum smithii (Smith’s fairy bells). We will follow the gradually ascending trail up the creek just to the junction with the Dipsea Trail. After seeing those, we will backtrack and cross Route 1 and descend down the Rocky Point paved road through the “soft chaparral” to lunch overlooking the ocean, passing such colorful gems as Lasthenia californica (goldfields), Layia platyglossa (tidytips), Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana (Franciscan Indian paintbrush), and, if we are really lucky, we will get to smell the heavenly scent of the rare (for Marin) yellow Erysimum franciscanum (wallflower).

Directions: Meet at the lower trailhead to Steep Ravine, located on Highway 1, a mile or so south of Stinson Beach. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, look for the large and visible gate that is the entrance to the Steep Ravine Cabins and park at one of the small parking areas or pullouts nearby. There is a fairly large parking area down the hill.

Bring: Water, a snack, and rain gear.

Heavy rain cancels.

Email Ann with any questions. annonfire@gmail.com

Text for day-of-trip questions or issues: 530-521-4402

Date

Mar 17 2024
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Time

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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