China Camp State Park Loop

MODERATE 91 reviews
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China Camp State Park Loop is a 9.3 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.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Park at the Campground Parking area, or Buckeye Point.

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked counterclockwise. Moderate to 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. 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.

hiking
6 months ago

mountain biking
6 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

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.

hiking
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!

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