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Level: Beginner
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,481/1 ft
Total: 275 riders
 

Mountain Biking China Camp

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#124 of 988 mountain bike trails in California
#1,625 in the world

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.

First added by searsandrewj on Sep 8, 2003. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Four miles east of San Rafael on the shore of San Pablo Bay. From Highway 101, Exit San Pedro Road, go east on North San Pedro Road for five miles until it enters the park. Latitude/Longitude: 38.0144 / -122.4600
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Rider questions

Q: Does anyone know the target date to re-open Shoreline? Afte the mudslide earlier this year, its been closed. The Rangers told me a few weeks back it would re-open in Late August/Earlyk September. Anyone have more insight?

Q: Dogs?
A: Dogs are not allowed on the trails at China Camp - even if they are on a leash.

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  • Logan Falley
    *****

    What a fun ride! The difficult climb is worth the views of the Bay, and not to mention the decent! Surprisingly challenging trail with lots of roots and steep edges, great to practice technical decent and uphill endurance.

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  • Adam Van Winkle
    *****

    This is the best beginner trail I have been on. My kids are 9 (daughter on a super heavy Trek 24" ) and 10(son on an older GT chucker 2.0) and they had an absolute blast! Several spills and bails occurred during the ride and usually my daughter is not having fun at that point but she was all about it this time. The ascent is mild and the the descent is easily managed so she was feeling confident and really enjoyed the many miniature rock gardens along the route. " I really like this place dad! There's lots of problem solving to do!"

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  • Tweek24
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    Nice single track at china camp. Well maintained by the rangers, tons of turkeys and deer on shoreline. Packed on the weekends though. Great place to get up to speed riding singletrack, easy and flowing.

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  • atomic outdoorsman
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    get a map before entering the trails. the climbs and view are great. Tall riders beware, a lot of the trails are riddled with low hanging branches.

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  • sloz
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    Super fun if theres no one on the trails, can go real fast. some of the switchbacks are kinda awkward.
    pretty dusty during the summer but hey what are ya gonna do.

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  • trsmith99@aol.com
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    Rode China Camp over the weekend. After all the rains the last 2 weeks, the trails are in bad shape. There are a number of wash-outs, and a couple slides that have closed a few trails (Shoreline has a sizeable slide).

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  • MaxwellD
    ****

    Good loop, easy uphill, and a fun, fast descent. Nothing crazy, but a good ride for a Saturday.

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  • bikerboy15
    *****

    PRetty cool ride. Nothing to rash on the descent.... The climb is easy.. but it is fun altogether.. nice place for picnic/bbq after ride!!

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  • MtBen
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    While living in Oakland, this was one of my favorite slow rides. If you keep it inside the park, it is very tame but beautiful and fun. Going counter-clockwise, up to the power lines then around you could spend anywhere from an hour to three depending on your motives. I first rode here with my wife and it was her first MTB experience, she did fine and loved it. Pull your car into the park's parking lot and pay the few bucks to support your local park system.

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  • Ryosuke Kimura
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    Perfect for beginners and XC bikes.

    You can really practice your skills on this trail.

    A lots of free parking is also great.

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  • oldmtbiker
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    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
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    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.

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  • Jeff Wayland
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    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
    *****

    My favorite trail of all time here in Bay Area especially my mountain bike skill is novice.

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  • Twiddles
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    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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