China Camp State Park For Mountain Biking

The 8th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

  Marin, California, US


  June 5, 2018

Northwest of San Francisco and east of San Rafael, the 1,650 acre China Camp State Park has over 10 miles of narrow singletrack trails through wooded hills overlooking San Pablo Bay. The Bay View Trail and the Shoreline Trail can be combined to form the 9.4 mile singletrack loop. Plus, there are numerous side fire roads to explore.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from San Fran, head north on US101 to San Rafael and use Exit #454B. Head northeast on North North San Pedro Road for 3.1 miles into China Camp State Park. Park along the road near Back Ranch Campground. The Bay View Trail starts climbing up from the entrance kiosk and runs for 7 miles to the Shoreline Trail for the return trip. Make sure to pay for your daily use fee permit.

Tip - After a long mountain bike ride at China Camp State Park, make sure to head over to the Gestalt Haus in Fairfax for a cold drink!

Overall, China Camp State Park is the 8th most popular mountain bike trail of all 133 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby China Camp State Park including Pine Mountain Loop Trail, Samuel Taylor State Park, Tamarancho, Coastal Trail - Dias Ridge Loop, Bear Valley Trail and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Local Contacts:  China Camp State Park (415) 456-0766; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Bicycle Trails Council Marin (415) 456-7512; Mikes Bikes, San Rafael (415) 454-3747; California Bike And Beans, San Rafael (415) 507-1992

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Elk Cove Inn (800) 275-2967; Mt. Tam SP Pantoll Campground

Luxury Loding:  Casa Del Mar (415) 868-2124; Alta Mira (415) 332-1350; Mountain Home Inn, Mill Valley

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  38.009182, -122.494941

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  6/5/2018

ID:  5875

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