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Steep Ravine Cabins
Reviewed 21 July 2014

The cabins are what may be called a "bach" (bachelor) in New Zealand many years ago. No electricity, no running water. There are windows, some of which can be opened and a wood burning stove. Critters (mice and maybe rats) will enter the cabin during the night. We had good cell service with AT&T (no service at some places in town).

Each cabin has a laminated counter top in the kitchen/family room and there is a BBQ (bring briquettes) just outside. There is a water spigot outside that is shared between a few cabins. We were able to wash ourselves off at the spigot (no showers). We had planned to shower at Stinson Beech park, but the showers were capped off due due to the drought. The 2 bathrooms shared by the cabins were clean and one had handsoap at the sink (no towels or hot water).

Having read about the mice infestation, we just brought a few snacks (in a sealed plastic box) and planned to eat meals in town. You can take a 2.5 mile trail to town (trailhead is across from the gate at the entrance) (round-trip is 5 miles). You can also drive, but the road from the gate to the cabins is only wide enough for 1 car in most places. I would not plan to walk along the hwy to Stinson Beach since it may be dangerous (limited visibility and distracted drivers).

Please don't park sloppily. Only one car is allowed to park for each cabin and the lot is also used by the campground.

We drove to the east peak of Mt Tam and the Pantoll ranger station for some hikes. Parking was easy (just a few cars) on Tuesday in July. In contrast, Muir Woods was a circus - lots of tourist busses. Be sure to arrive no later than 9:30am to get a spot in the Muir Woods parking lot (we visited on Wednesday). When we left at 11:15am, cars were parked a mile away along the road.

Finally, if you are interested in the natural hot springs on the beach just south of the cabins you can walk to them along the beach. However, the hot springs (rocks form "hot tubs") are only accessible during a negative low tide. The hot tubs will be full of naked locals and some adventurous tourists.

Room Tip: All of the cabins have great views. If you need to use the bathroom frequently, pick a cabin near t...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Stayed in Campsite 5 for two nights during August meteor shower with my two teens. Great fun hiking about and playing on the private beach. Foggy, windy, and a bit chilly here unfortunately, but the day we left looked glorious. Nice sunsets despite fog. Very quiet and secluded camp sites. Must carry gear in wheel barrels a five min walk - not bad. Stinson beach gen store is 20 mins away if you forget anything.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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6  Thank Bbdjeff
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

If there's a big storm coming, people will often opt out of their reservations, and you can get in without reserving by checking at Pantoll Ranger Station up on Mount Tam after the deadline for no-shows. There is no more spectacular place to experience nature's fury than from a cozy, woodstove-warmed cliffside cabin overlooking the pounding surf. Not everybody's cup of tea, for sure... but if you're game, you WILL remember this as a peak experience.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
33  Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

The Steep Ravine Cabins and Environmental Campsites are located just 1 mile south of Stinson Beach with great access to hiking and bike riding. It's an absolutely beautiful setting and easy drive from San Francisco. The campsites are fantastic, big and well maintained with picnic tables, fire pit, and food storage box. However, the location of the area makes it very windy, especially at night while you are trying to sleep.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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10  Thank Lindy2275
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Are we the only visitors that have noticed the mice infestation? We've stayed there 4 times and during the first stay suspected there were mice based on some suspicious sounds. I took to sleeping in the front room so I could reset the traps after they activated. Visit no. 3 I set three traps and I kid you not-once they went off in succession- "snap, snap, snap". It was amazing. I caught 14 before I finally gave up and stopped setting traps and stuck some earplugs in my ears so I wouldn't hear them. Cabins 7 and 10 were the worst. With a flashlight I found the major entry point; through the cracks in the front door. Another entry point was the roof in the main bedroom. I've stayed in January, August, and October. They seem worst in August.

So, except for the little visitors, the place is absolutely beautiful; although getting quite expensive for a rustic cabin.

Room Tip: Bring mousetraps or earplugs.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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28  Thank kep427
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

These cabins are picturesque, surrounded by hiking trails and situated a short walk from the beach. We saw lots of wildlife: deer, rabbits, newts, pelicans, starfish. There is a town a short drive away if you need any supplies, and firewood is sold on-site. We would love to stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We had a fantastic three nights at Steep Ravine. Reservations are hard to come by and we reserved 6 months in advance--plan ahead! Cabins were very comfortable, especially since it was just two of us. It rained quite a bit during our visit, but we didn't mind with a dry roof over our head and a warm fire in the stove. When the sun came out, boy was it glorious. We will definitely be coming back.

They are cabins, but very basic cabins--think of it more like camping but with a cabin instead of tent.

A couple of thoughts/suggestions to echo what other reviewers have said:
1. Bring a squeegee to clean the windows so that you have a clearer view of the ocean.
2. There are mice and they poop all over the place, so secure your food and cooking supplies every night. Put them in a tub or container.
3. There are BBQs outside the cabins.
4. Bring sheets for the windows--some one had suggested this in another review and I'm glad we saw that. The cabins are close and there are windows on both sides, so if you want any privacy, you need to bring sheets. It was easy to hang them.
5. Bathrooms are two individual unisex bathrooms with a sink and toilet (with running water but no hot water). Very clean, private, and convenient.
6. There is firewood for purchase at the campground for $6/bundle but no kindling.
7. Stinson Beach is a very close drive away if you want to eat out or grab something from the store. Stinson Beach Market is very well equipped with yummy food, fire wood, propane, kindling, snacks, local/organic produce, ice, etc.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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32  Thank dreamtree
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Address: 801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1788
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Mill Valley
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Mill Valley
Number of rooms: 17
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