We stayed in the Steep Ravine Cabins July 3-6th for the 4th of July weekend.
First, let me just compliment the previous reviewer, they did a fantastic job detailing these great cabins, so I won't repeat what they said. I too had a hard time finding much info about these online before our trip, so this review was a big help!
Adding on to what was stated in the earlier review, the new bathrooms mentioned are now open. There are two of them, right off the parking lot near the handicapped cabin, and they are quite nice. Tile floor and walls, with skylights, and running water sinks. No electricity or showers, but the spigot on the sink is quite high, if you really needed to you could probably wash your hair in the sink. They were always well stocked with seat covers and toilet paper, and so much better than a pit toilet!
To me, it looked like all of the cabins were the same size, with the exception of one of them, the one closest to the old pit toilet. I believe it was cabin #3 and from the outside it just looked like it didn't have the bunk bed room and closet area.
While we didn't have a mouse problem, several of our neighbors mentioned hearing them at night. However there was a ton of wildlife to see from and around the cabins, which was really neat so close to San Francisco. During our stay we saw pelicans, hawks, crabs, starfish, snails, a rabbit, a snake (a lot bigger than a garter snake, but not a rattlesnake), a grey fox, and a lot of deer. Every morning I'd end up waking up at around 6am to use the restroom, and would always see deer eating around the cabins. If you follow the trail along the bluff, the opposite direction from the beach, there are some great tide pools with a lot of sea life, great fun if you are with kids, although they are a little steep to get to.
Another thing to mention that the previous review didn't was how hard it is to get a reservation at these cabins. They have a reputation of being the hardest reservation to get in the entire California State Park system, and I believe it! They can be booked through Reserve America, and go on sale 7 months in advance. What I had to do to get our reservation was to wake up early on January 2nd (usually they go on sale the first of the month, but January 1st was a holiday) and sign on at about 7:50am. I plugged in my dates, crossing my fingers we'd get the 4th of July weekend, and then sat there for 10 minutes hitting refresh over and over in my browser. At 8am on the dot the reservation system opened up, and instantly all but 3 cabins were gone. I quickly clicked on one of the ones left and somehow got it! So don't expect to be able to pick and choose which cabin you want, you'll have to take what you can get, but I really don't think any of them looked bad, they all had fantastic views.
Also to note about making reservations, the campground map on the Reserve America site is a bit off. Usually you would think the top of the map is the north side, so online it looks like the campsites are below (south) of the cabins. However, the right side of the map is actually the north side, so the campsites are to the side of the cabins, not in front of them, and a lot further away than shown on the map. Looking at the map as is on the site, the left side faces out to the ocean, the top side faces the bay and Stinson Beach. Just an FYI, because I was expecting there would be campers and tents in the way of the ocean view, but actually from our cabin (#6) we had a great view of just the water and Stinson Beach.
And finally, be sure to bring lots of blankets and sweatshirts! It was pretty cold in the mornings and at night, even in July, and very foggy. But in the afternoons the fog burned off and it was hot, so bring your shorts and bathing suits too.
Anyway, I hope some of these additional details are useful to anyone considering staying at these great cabins. I'm including some pictures as well!
- Also Known As:
- Steep Ravine Cabins Hotel Mill Valley