China Camp

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12
miles

Beginner

Singletrack
↑ 2,900 ft
↓ 2,900 ft
170
elevation (ft)
6.6
avg mph
158
ridden
47
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1:31
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.00 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on September 8, 2003
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This is a good one to take your friends who are new to mountain biking on, or to get in a quick after-work ride. Even though this is a good beginner trail, there is still some fun to be had for the hardcore riders. Not much to else to say, except this is about the only leagal (public) singletrack in Marin.
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oldmtbiker on December 15, 2014
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Review: This is another easy/medium difficult/short/longer/uphill/downhill combo trail. Mostly fireroad that is crowded w/hikers on wknds so try to go on a weekday. It can be as easy or difficult as u want really. Most challenging perhaps is the climb after u leave the beach. If u have kids the most challenging is the same descent which is steep, fast and rocky. A couple of side trails 1 can take besides the straight shot to the beach. Best is the climb towards Marincello which is up and behind the horse stables. A different world up there.

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Eric Foltz on October 11, 2014
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Review: Nice trail but really limited. This is really just two trails that link in a loop. The Bay View Trail is really good but short. Shoreline trail is just a beginner trail. Lots of hikers so be courteous since this is pretty much all they've got.

Similar Trail: Backbone

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Jeff Wayland on October 7, 2014
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Review: Perfect trail for beginners. Nothing too tight or rocky or uphill or downhill but still enough for a more experienced biker to have a bit of fun.

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lorrflores on June 21, 2014
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Review: My favorite trail of all time here in Bay Area especially my mountain bike skill is novice.

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Twiddles on June 14, 2014
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Review: Beginner/Intermediate Trail, Starting from parking area going CCW its a switchback climb, followed by a ridge ride to the far end of the loop dropping down to a larger trail that parallels the road. Several spots to shorten route with drops to the trail along the road. Bottom section is HEAVILY used by day use hikers families etc. Top of trail along ridge is almost all MTB. Very scenic, nice place to take a beginner as long as you stay on bottom section and just do an out and back. You can enter this trail system from either end of the loop easily.

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jhart94949 on March 7, 2014
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Review: Beginner single track but very fun! great for those who want a good 1 hour or less workout. Want a little more cardio ride it clockwise.

Similar Trail: Coastal to Tam

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jrsnot on December 14, 2013
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Review: Favorite spot for a quick morning ride. Great trails really great views. Great for beginners and intermediate riders alike.

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mc625569 on November 10, 2013
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Review: Great trail for newbies - hills are moderate but still present, and downhill is very flowy. Some routes start with a 3 mile climb of about 700 ft, and then have a flowly hour long descent with smooth double track through a forest. Lots of animals too. Not technical, but a great relaxing ride, or trip with beginners.

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cgreen5150 on August 24, 2013
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Review: Nice flowy trail. The first two miles is an easy climb on switchbacks up the mountain then a fun decent into a good flow of up and down. A good portion of the trail is actually double track. Killer views. Too easy to get off the trail onto a fire road... or maybe it was just me! A lot like Forest Hill in Auburn Ca.

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smallz1976 on April 11, 2013
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Review: Just a heads up people they now have a $3 bike/ equestrian day use fee on the camp side, there is a kiosk next to the guarde shack at the campground. IT DOES TAKE DEBIT/CREDIT...... KEEP THE RECIEPT ON YOUR PERSON WHILE RIDING ...... And after all what's 3 bucks, we have all payed way more and gotten way less out of our $$$$ be honest and pay the fee and keep the park open! Thanks!

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venturajm on March 27, 2013
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Review: Love this loop! Lots of fun downhill sections, challenging switchbacks, and exhausting uphill. Great workout. Great fun!

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smallz1976 on March 25, 2013
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Review: In my opinion this was a great ride, nothing crazy, but all in all a beautiful scenic ride. Depending on your start point there is a decent climb and more of an extended Xcountry ride down. Not very technical but a lot of fun and you can keep a decent speed down hill. I only encountered 1 hiker on my 8 mile trail but several other riders ALL were headed the same direction with plenty of rider courtesy. I think it was a decent workout, again depending on your approach and an over all fun ride!

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iamcolin on March 21, 2013
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Review: While a three may seem a bit low for this trail, I did so for a few reasons. First of which is the poor marking system. I had a great time riding here but throughout the 2 hours I spent riding, I had basically no idea where I was. The second reason, is the severely rutted areas on the backside. The singletrack on the front side was in great condition but offered little in the form of technical/difficult terrain. The back trails were steeper, and more technical solely based on the fact that the rutted out singletrack was quite difficult to navigate. I would ride again but if you are newer to the biking game, stay on the camp side of the park.

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whitecarbon on November 10, 2012
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Review: Well these review are pretty spot on but I would have to say it had a few strong climbs. This area is as hard as you make it, but the sights are outstanding and must see.

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Greg Heil on June 28, 2012
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Review: As one of the only legal singletrack trails in Marin County, this is a great asset for the local riders and a fun trail for those from out of town. It's very easy, and a great place to bring newbies to the sport, but be warned: the full loop is about 12 miles long, which may be too much for total beginners. The views of the bay are great, and there's some ok climbing and descending too.

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FatalAttempt on March 14, 2011
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Review: This was the first trail I have ever been on. It totally got me hooked. I live about 1 hr from there or I would be on it all the time. It is a great beginner trial. I heard it was about 8 mile loop witch was cool cause I didnt want to get lost. My GF did it on here 29er commuter bike so you know it wasnt crazy. The thing I loved most was going in and out of the trees, it was off the side of a cliff (safe) but a lot of fun. I wish I could go every day.

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Jessemc537 on February 5, 2010
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Review: I would have to disagree with some of the bottom comments. I ride all over the Bay Area and have hit a lot of the trail systems in the Marin and surrounding areas. If you say there is no technical DH or steep climbs you must only be doing Camp side of the China Camp ride. There is a whole other side to this mountain which offers fast technical descents into the Dominican side of the Park. I know this is considered more Marin County open space but if you combine both sides of the mountain into a big loop you can get a great workout, some fast hardpacked single track, and have a great day. There are some great trails for Newbie's. I started my fourth grade daughter out on the Bay View and it was just enough to give her some great tips on handling switchbacks and rock gardens. As far as I have seen and I have ridden this park for years the trails for the most part are in great shape. I am checking off easy for difficulty but I would say there is a mixture of More difficult in there to on the backside. * Review edited 2/5/2010

* Review edited 2/5/2010

Similar Trail: Annadel State Park

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abegold on September 15, 2009
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Review: If starting in Fairfax it's a long climb to the top but that's where the narrow, shady singletrack is. Trees over the trail will keep you ducking. Been here once in the past and found little singletrack until this trip where a local showed me the best trails.

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tontonuy5 on June 16, 2008
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Review: Great place to ride. A bit of a wide singletrack. Got the climbs, views and everything in between. Nothing too technical. A few switchbacks here and there. You can even bring kids or beginners on the Shoreline trail. I suggest spending the night camping. Wonderful experience. They even have hot showers. Bring quarters. :)

Similar Trail: Mount Diablo

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stmpwr on June 16, 2007
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Review: Had a great ride. Managed to get there early in the morning. Park opens at 8am but they didn't mind starting the trails at 730am. Managed to miss many of the riders we found starting just as we finished. Nice place to work on skills. Not much variety but good place to hone skills.

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chrisfong on April 16, 2007
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Review: 80% single track. Mild climbing. Some hikers and other bikers. Only negative is not much variety.

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chrisfong on April 16, 2007
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Review: I rode the loop, about 1-1/2 hr. 80% single track. Mostly shaded. Trail is in good condition. Probably encountered 5-6 hiker groups and 5 other bikers. Pretty flat except the first climb, but only 30min at an easy pace. I haven't ridden a lot of trails, but I give this a 9. I would ride it again, especially if I was closer. The only negative is it is not a whole lot of variety.

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bensf on July 8, 2006
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Review: Great for singlespeeds. Good beginner ride. I don't know the condition of it now, but I heard that it was in terrible shape. :(

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dwichman on June 6, 2006
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Review: Smoot single tracks with little technical difficulty combined with easy low elevation climbs. It's a fun quick ride and a good trail to introduce single track to beginners. If you're looking for serious technical riding, long blistering climbs, or screeming fireroad downhills - look elsewhere.

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gab26 on April 5, 2006
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Review: This is trail is very easy technically aerobically it will give you a little work out. The downhill is fun but lacking the tech challenges that I enjoy.

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Juan_Gear on March 27, 2006
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Review: 3/25/2006 The place is a mess all the top trail have mud slides, bridges out. Lower trails are being (FIXED) grading them, tilling them up and adding gravel. They may not be able to fix it for years if ever. Save yourself a drive. Still giving it a 10 in memory

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jthrower on February 23, 2006
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Review: Great for beginners who don't mind single-track. No hard ups or downs. Its a pleasant ride but a little short. If you don't mind riding on the street, park at the marina and start from there to extend your ride. The street has a wide shoulder. Most of the trail is shaded and the coolness of the north bay make it a good ride on a hot summer day. Watch out for hikers and joggers. It's hard to see far ahead on some parts of the trail, and some people were headphones (!) while they are hiking or jogging so they can't hear you coming.

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Juan_Gear on June 12, 2005
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Review: Good for Newbys. Need to do laps for any millage. Single Speeds are great there

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Pedro_Carvalho on January 14, 2005
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Review: Nice singletrack, very close to San Francisco. Not too technical and pretty fast. A good place to go for a short ride. Busy on weekends - bikers and hikers.

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AL_B_Rybak on May 27, 2004
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Review: This place is great for beginners or anyone who wants to take an easy trail ride. The trails are very easy and not technical at all. The good part is that all the trails are singletrack(i hate fireroads). The scenery is great and you really the feel that you are in the middle of the woods even though you are about a mile from the nearest neighborhood. The highest point in China Camp offers a spectacular veiw of the bay. Nice place for a mellow ride but i prefer to get the adrenaline going a bit more when i ride and i did not feel any rush on this ride. There is practically no downhill so DH'ers save your time. There is really no need for full suspension here either. Take your hardtail if you have 2 bikes.

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Guest on April 24, 2004
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Review: great ride, great views, and always nice weather because it is shielded from the ocean by the mtns. Nice, hard-to-find single track and lots of rolling hills. I might recommend taking beginners on this trail backwards (clockwise) because there is a lighter grade on the uphills and they are less technical, although they last longer. Search around for more trail maps that go behind this main loop for a much longer ride.

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mudhunny on April 18, 2004
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Review: Super fun, fast singletrack! Gave it a 6 on aerobic difficulty because the first 3-4 miles are uphill (starting at the trailhead at the first gate). Start climbing on singletrack with some rocky but ridable sections and a number of switchbacks, then spit out onto steep paved road for the short final push. Stick to the road going down about half a mile and take the trail on the left for more downhill mostly on wide rocky fireroad--be careful, can be really washed out after the rains. Then you hop onto the singletrack where the real fun begins! Lots of smooth, rolling singletrack through the woods with occasional views of the bay, you can go as fast as you want, very little need for brakes. Be sure to check the ranger station for a map. Have fun!

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China Camp MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 32 ratings. 32 user reviews.
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