After moving to bay area for good (fingers crossed ;) , this is probably the first hike I have done and I must say, its by far the most beginner friendly hike I have done in my life. The hike begins from Dipsea trail from there in you take a diversion towards steep ravine. Its a circuit hike and the best part is that you hike alongside the a channel of water. Its the most pleasant and wonderful experience you will have. If you want to introduce hiking to your friends this is probably the hike you must take.