China Camp State Park Loop

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China Camp State Park Loop is a 8.9 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.

8.9 miles
961 feet




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



no dogs

Park at the Campground Parking area, or Buckeye Point.

1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

mountain biking
4 months ago

5 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.

9 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lots of mountain bikers!

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.

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.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Nice clean path and shady

trail running
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Great trail for mountain biking.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Great trail for mountain biking. moderate trail.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fun beginners trail. Excellent for learning or getting back in shape!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 18, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 21, 2013

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 20, 2012

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 26, 2012


mountain biking
Saturday, September 24, 2011

This morning was beautiful out there! The weather was great, no crowds (friday), not many cars around, etc. This is the 2nd time I rode here. The 1st time I rode there it was my 1st mountain bike ride ever. There is lots of great views of the water and bay on this ride. It's not very difficult (at least the side of the mountain I was on wasn't) and it offers long "contour routes" where you twist and turn a lot but not a lot of up-and-down. The one down side to point out is that there are significant portions of the trail that are extremely rocky and it doesn't appear that much trail maintenance happens here. Yes, it adds a technical edge to the ride but I got to a point with it where I was like "enough already!". Would I go back? Heck yeah, in a heartbeat!

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