Bay View Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A short trail option that will give you a taste of what China Camp State Park has to offer. It offers views of the Bay front and there opportunities for great birding. Start at the Campground entrance on North San Pedro Rd.
If you take this trail from the China Camp Village parking lot south along the ridge trail (the china camp village trail will take you to the ridge trail), it's an amazing view of the Bay all the way over to Richmond. It's an easy walk, but you can get great mileage out of it too.
The problem is that it's extremely popular with cyclists. If you can go during a weekday, you might be ok - otherwise, you are guaranteed to be moving for cyclists every 5 minutes or so. It can be stressful.