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Nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park offers magnificent panoramic views of the waterfront and miles of multi-use trails. History buffs, water enthusiasts, hikers, cyclists and equestrians will all find unforgettable experiences at China Camp. Features of the park include an extensive intertidal salt marsh, meadow, and oak habitats. There is a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, coyote, and numerous birds. The park is even home to endangered species such as the California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse, which live in the salt marsh. A Chinese shrimp-fishing village thrived on this site in the 1880s. Nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, lived in the village. In its heyday, there were three general stores, a marine supply store and a barber shop. Fisherman by trade in their native country, they gravitated to the work they knew best. Over 90% of the shrimp they netted were dried and shipped to China or Chinese communities throughout the US. The museum at China Camp Village helps tell the story of these hardy shrimp fisherman. The climate is coastal-temperate. Winter temperatures are in the 50s, while summer temperatures are in the 70s-90s. The park has an average of more than 200 fog-free days per year. General park hours are 8am to sunset. The gate at Back Ranch Meadows Campground is open from 8am to 9pm. Gate is closed at 9pm. Dogs are not permitted on trails.

Partially unshaded but you get into the woods about halfway through which is nice. Lots of bikers on the weekends so you have to stop and let them pass a lot

I love this trail

hiking
13 days ago

Solid hike - most elevation gain at the start but not too tough. A little boring the last few miles - ton of bikers

hiking
26 days ago

Nice and easy family hike on Peacock Gap this Memorial Day weekend.
Couldn’t find the turn off of mcnears fire trail onto shoreline trail, so ended up doing and out and back.
Will re do for sure!

hiking
27 days ago

This hike was great. I am completely out of shape (and overweight), but I was able to complete this (nearly 9 mile) hike. We saw so many deer, a few small snakes, a couple coyotes, and an endless number of lizards. Yes there are plenty of mountain bikers, but not really bothersome.

Great walk, only complaint was a lot of mountain bikes to step aside for. Would still recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

For hikers looking for a variety of short out-and-back and longer loop trails, China Camp SP offers a great mix of bayside and woodland habitat to explore.

There are peekaboo views through thick trees down to China Camp and San Pablo Bay from the many miles of the Bayview Trail. But the grandest vistas are to be found at the apex of McNears Fire Road - 360 degree panoramas of the City, all 3 SF Bay bridges, Mt Diablo, Mt Tam, and the North Bay peaks, from a single unbeatable location.

Over 8 years hiking I once spotted a great horned owl on Turtleback Hill, but usually you’ll encounter docile deer foraging next to the trail, occasional turkeys, fence lizards, and all manner of winged insects on windless days. Currently, in early May the trailsides are flush with beautiful iris and monkey flower.

China Camp SP is also a more than solid choice for East Bay folks seeking sun in Marin in Spring, Fall and Winter (though summer rambles can be on the hot side!).

Sweeping vistas, wildflowers, and ever-changing terrain. Quite a few cyclists, but not as bad as the trails down near Santa Cruz.

walking
2 months ago

Short easy walk on a single trail with nice views of mountain. Good if you want to avoid bikers. Also good if you just want a loop to walk around and if you like to pretend you are walking around a turtle’s shell:-) Easy parking on a weekend day.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, mostly shady trail that has almost no traffic on an early weekday morning, a terrific time to hike. The incline is gentle, even the steeper parts, and the views are lovely. I missed the switchback up to McNears Trail and kept walking on The Shoreline Trail and had to backtrack, so this 3 miler turned into a 6 miler. Lucky me!

Well maintained. Lots of options. Beautiful. During the week, especially in the AM, nothing can compare (well, almost nothing)...on the week/end, mountain bikers believe they own the trail. Avoid if you can.

mountain biking
5 months ago

A great ride, but it seemed like everybody was going counterclockwise and I went clockwise so I felt like I was swimming upstream.

The trail is great for a easy accessible day hike. The only downside is the amount of bikers!

Easy. Busy. Views. Informative signs.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Hiked counterclockwise. Easy hike but relatively long at 9 miles. I hiked during a weekday in order to avoid the mountain bikers. This trail is well known as a favorite for bikers. Still a nice hike worth returning to for hiking. On the day I hiked the final 1.5 miles of the trail was closed which required a walk along the highway back to the trailhead. Total hiking time: 3 hours.

Trail
Closed due to storm damage

hiking
11 months ago

Super easy for kids, they loved it. We sighted deer while on our walk.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Easy loop, good for bored kids. Or to do just a bunch of lazy loops with a pretty view.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

mountain biking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lots of trail closures today so had to spend part of the loop on the main road, but still such a beautiful area and one of my all time favorite spots to ride.

I'd have to do it again for a full review.

on China Camp State Park Loop

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

This was a nice trail It was easy to follow and the trails were well maintained. There has been a lot of rain lately that caused a landslide that required one of the main trails to be closed I also hiked Turtle Hill Easy but very scenic . I saw a few bikers and a couple runners.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great trail with so much to see. Not to hard and not easy. Going to do trail running next time.

mountain biking
Friday, February 03, 2017

The trail was re-vamped in the beginning of 2016, and made it less full suspension dependent riding. Less technical and more flow. This is a great week workout ride.

Lots of mountain bikers!

walking
Monday, November 21, 2016

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.

birding
Thursday, October 13, 2016

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

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great ride, challenging but doable.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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

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