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3 days ago

This hike does NOT allow dogs. I drove over an hour with my dog to hike here only to turn around frustrated.

14 days ago

This is just a question! Has anyone birded here? What is it like or do the bikes etc scare the birds off?!

17 days ago

Great ride, challenging but doable.

Really loved the hike! Lots of shade so great for a hit day. And views of the city were spectacular!

I took the Big Rock Ridge trail all the way to the radio towers. This hike meandered through a mixed range of elevations and had fabulous views of overlooking the Skywalker Ranch, and on the top I could see as far as San Francisco.

It was beautiful and the weather was nice. There are a lot of mountain bike riders but they all watched out for us hikers.

Mostly fire road and steep but it's close to home and a good workout with some good bay and Novato views.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Exploring the Southern side of China Camp State Park, AKA: Barbier Memorial Park, San Pedro Open Space Preserve...


mountain biking
1 month ago

Once at the peak, you'll experience great views and have the option to go down numerous offshoot trails.


Dog friendly, wide trails with tremendous panoramic views. Trail is showing major signs of our drought with foxtails lining the way. Parking is on a residential street.

2 months ago

This place sucks! $3 to hike? It's only 3, but really? Poorly planned, poorly maintained.

Great hike. Go clockwise for shade on the way up. Our only issue was bringing older parents. This trail is really steep so not for the out of shape.

Nice clean path and shady

Great tam views and panoramic at points. At the very top, look for stone art.

trail running
3 months ago

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.