Back Ranch Meadows is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near San Rafael, California 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.

Length1.8 miElevation gain134 ftRoute typeLoop
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A multipurpose trail popular with local joggers around a valley containing one of China Camps Camping areas. A great place to sneak in some exercise after work. Segments of the trail look down into the campground below. This trail provides access to higher elevations and trails with greater difficulty.

California State Parks-China Camp http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=466

Parking at China Camp gets busy on weekends and holidays.

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Tyler Chuck
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Nice short loop around the campground.

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Otilija Borisovaite
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Started on Black Meadows but definitely got lost and took another trail towards the ridge trail. eventually turned around and went down a train that didn't look like it was trafficked for some time. Had it all to myself, it was nice. There's a lot of maintenance on this trail right now with detours...ended up being all up hill for a while.

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Albert Gussmann
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Beautiful little trail grey squirrels running around and lots of birds

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MATT SHOUP
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some trails are not trails anymore

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Dennis Urt
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David Hammond
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Hector Cifuentes
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Noel Smith
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Crowded

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Trudy Verzosa
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The map is incorrect. If you go right at the first fork, there is no way to go where the map says to go.

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Hector Cifuentes
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Rohit Sridhar
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Nice long hike with gradual elevation gain. However there were too many bikes on the trail and we had to constantly keep stopping to let them pass.

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Sharon Leckie
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Shady the whole way. Busy blend of runners, walkers and bikes on narrow trails. No views until the parking lot. Good company, good walk.

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Célinie Bobrink
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Shady, little elevation but easy to walk, lots of bikes!

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T Cook
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Jason Wong
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Great bike ride didn’t look hard but was pretty tiring and steep.

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Harrison Pocock
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Super fun. Great trail and lots of fun.

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Tyler Benson
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It was really fun and I liked that it wasn’t very steep.

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Rodrigo Galindo
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Fernando Pineda
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Trevor Brown
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Jing Guo
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Lots of bikers

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Robin Grindley
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Fernando Pineda
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Jennifer Charney
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Hiked the Bayview-Powerline loop to the top of the mountain with great views of the bay. Switchbacks to the top are long and not steep. Powerline trail is steep, super dusty and loose in some places. We only saw a few people on a Friday.

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Jone Yan
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One of the best trail in the north bay

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Mark Naldoza
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Peter Pelham
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Excellent trail With good views of the bay be careful about mountain bikers going past

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Sam Sabeti
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Great! Dusty and fun

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Brian Sinclair
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good stuff. super fun

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Brian Sinclair
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Good stuff

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