Palo Comado China Flats Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

Palo Comado China Flats Loop is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oak Park, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,502 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

hiking
5 months ago

A pleasant hike up Palo Comado Canyon until it around the 1.5 mark where the ascent becomes more of a workout and especially on a warm day. Well worth the effort to make it to China Flats and it's many spurs and views.
Downhill is via Suicide Trail bike path (Warning: for experienced downhill bikers only) which is a steep descent before a brief steep bastard of a hump back towards the start.
The final section is by necessity through a housing development but we aim to explore better options in future. For this trip on a hot day we were tired and just wanted to get back to the car.
The trip up to China Flats and then retracing your way down Palo Comado Canyon is also a worthwhile option if you want to avoid the less interesting scenic option via Suicide Trail.

hiking
5 months ago