China Camp State Park Loop is a 9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Rafael, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Park at the Campground Parking area, or Buckeye Point.
Great loop to do with young kids (just the turtleback loop). Did it at dusk and heard frogs, owls, plus great views of the east bay. Cool.
This is just a question! Has anyone birded here? What is it like or do the bikes etc scare the birds off?!
Great ride, challenging but doable.
It was beautiful and the weather was nice. There are a lot of mountain bike riders but they all watched out for us hikers.
Nice clean path and shady
During the week when the park isn't as crowded, this is a fantastic place for trail running. Many trails, nice breezes on hot days, and beautiful views.
Hiked this trail last fall and it was a great hike. one thing I realized was this was very popular with mountain bikers and they would come around corners pretty fast. So you have to keep an ear out and listen for oncoming traffic. the riders from behind typically yell out to let you know they're behind you. Great scenic views and photo ops.
Great trail for mountain biking.
Great trail for mountain biking. moderate trail.
It's a great trail to hike on, seems like very well maintained trails for MTB as well. I will have to try it out on a bike next time.
Fun beginners trail. Excellent for learning or getting back in shape!
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.
Beginner cyclist, loved this trail. A few difficult spots but just another reason to come back and challenge myself to complete the loop without stopping.
single track biking more of an area for a beginner if you can deal with the single track + the switch back. Very pretty views not difficult. It is not very fun till you get to the Ridge Fire road. Watch out for hikers though you can only go 5mph around them.
The outermost set of wide-ish singletrack trails form a nice 9-10 mile loop around the park. Compared to a lot of MTB rides in the area that involve extremely steep climbs the topographically-following nature of this trail keeps most of the climbs long inconsistent. Well-traveled and prepared makes for fast riding in the down hills and rolling flats which is pretty fun, but not much in the way of static technical features.
The foot traffic we encountered was friendly and got out of the way quickly, there was a moderate amount of Mountainbike traffic being a perfect weather Saturday, but it was very manageable and didn't mess our rhythm up. Having not been there before navigating was kind of a pain even with an abundance of trail markers. Download or print out a good trail map from the web if you intend to do the full loop.
After MTBing in Marin for months now, this is MY favorite trail! It has moderate climbs (a few category 3's) for the first 2 miles, then hang on and enjoy the ride on the rolling downers for the last 8 miles. This place is 98% single track but wide enough that it doesn't feel to dangerous (for beginners). It has switchbacks, great views, and tons of wildlife (turkey, deer, squirrels). Overall, the fun factor is high here, not too technical, not too long, however there are other trails off the main loop to add distance. Depending on the day you visit, traffic can be busy on the weekends.
I ride this place at least once a week to get out and shred before/after work because its close...Live far away? Not to worry, there is camping here too! But if you're driving here to ride for the weekend, I might explore Annadel SP in Santa Rosa because it has 10 times more trails and more offers more difficulty and technical trails.