Get in on a little secret that lies just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Let us introduce you to the elusive Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground in Marin.
On Mt. Tamalpais, just to the north of the city, there are a group of wooden structures that date back to the 1940s. They are insanely popular and rightfully so. Each cabin features a wood stove, picnic table and several benches, sleeping platforms, and of course, an outdoor barbeque.
The cabins do not have running water or electricity, but primitive toilets, water faucets, and firewood are nearby. The best attribute is that they all feature expansive ocean views, as they are perched high up on the side of a cliff.
The Steep Ravine Environmental Campground is also a great choice (if not one of the best in the area!) for Mount Tamalpais camping. If you like tent camping, then this is your spot. It’s also hugely popular and fills up fast, as there are only seven campsites.
It is on the western edge of the park, and just to make matters more awesome, they are all overlooking the ocean. There’s lots of privacy and tons to do right around camp.
The campsites are a few hundred yards from the parking area. Each site has a table, fire pit, food locker, and space for a tent. Primitive toilets and water faucets are nearby. There are no showers, but don’t worry... it’s totally worth it.
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Another successful trip to Steep Ravine Campground. Stayed at campsite 1 this time, which had a great view towards the Stinson/Bolinas coastline and privacy from other campsites (you are facing the cabins, which is not a big deal as they are a ways off).
It's hard to get a reservation here, but if you are flexible and can go on a weeknight at short notice, cancellations tend to pop up sometimes a few days out.
2nd best campground in the California State Park system.
We were lucky enough to reserve the "Hot-n-Tot" campsite one magical week in July. Our site was very private up on the bluff with ocean views in every direction. We packed a shade tent & sat there for hours watching whales breech and deer run by "our living room". Just beware of the raccoons, they are very brave! The private beach is a little rocky & only accessible during low tide, but Stinson beach is just a short drive away.
My favorite place to go for a quick trip. Whales breaching, dolphins, seals, swallows, snakes, rabbits, hawks. This is a lovely slice of heaven,. Each cabin has a view of the ocean and you fall asleep listening to waves. No water or electricity in cabins. No showers.
Best place ever. Bring:
- Window-size fabrics to serve as curtains (clips provided)
- Water container for use indoors (no running water)
- Solar lights/lanterns for indoor use at night (no electricity)
The cabins have tables, wood burning stoves, and place to sleep - but you should bring lighting, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. Be sure to sleep with the windows open to hear the waves!
- Phone Number
- (415) 388-2070
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- 37.883° N, 122.627° W
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- Tent Only - Hike In: 7 Sites (Up to 5 people per site)
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- Cabin & Lodging: 9 Sites (Up to 5 people per site)