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China Camp State Park Loop

 4.1 (70)

8.6 Miles 13.8 Kilometers



855' 261 m


-855' -260 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (7°)

618' 188 m


13' 4 m



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A great beginner/intermediate ride with nice views of the bay and a well-maintained trail.

Shayne Holderby

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After Contacting the Park Service **Ride will be closed for maintenance until ~February 2015** Note that half of the trail is still open (southern end) and some of the upper trails.

This ride has great views of the bay and has a very wide, well maintained trail. This is an extremely high traffic trail but it's easy to pass in most areas. Watch out for tons of hikers, runners and walkers on the last three miles of the ride. The Bay View Trail (upper section) is used almost exclusively by mountain bikers.
Dawn - Dusk Parking Fee Based Parking $10 or Poppy Pass.
$3 one-day trail use fee (or $35 annual pass), payable at self-pay stations at most trailheads.

Need to Know

The trail has multiple branches along the route with signs directing you back to the Shoreline Trail everywhere. Note that any trail sign pointing you to the "Ridge Trail" is actually taking you to a fireroad that runs along the ridge of the park.


Start in the first listed parking area as you enter the park at the west end. You can't miss it - there will be a couple dozen cars with riders everywhere. Starting from the campsite entrance, look for Bay View Trail on your right. Proceed up the trail for about 2 miles of switchback climbing that will eventually flatten out to some nice rolling singletrack.

The appeal of this trail is about 6 miles of rolling mostly downhill after the initial two mile climb. After about 1.5 miles of downhill singletrack you'll come up on a fire road. Follow down this road and you'll see several turns taking you back towards the Shoreline Trail - make sure you take the last turn for Oak Ridge Trail and the best ride.

Ignore any signs taking you to the Ridge Trail as this is nothing but a fire road running along the ridge (nice view). The last section of the Oak Ridge Trail has some narrow, slightly rocky singletrack before it joins back up with Peacock Gap Connector and then back to Shoreline Trail again.

Shoreline Trail is a nice scenic rolling singletrack with a 1/4 mile section of fire road taking you back to your start point.

History & Background

Originally an old fishing village location.


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Shoreline trail is closed from Peacock Trail to Miwok Fire Trail due to a landslide. Detour is to take San Pedro road for that section (not a big deal). Apr 30, 2017
Everyone rating this as easy - beginner to intermediate - probably missed the backside trails (Hitler & 711 side trails.) Technically, not part of China Camp but easily accessible. Backside offers some super technical and sketchy sections. Overall, China Camp is great for a workout, with options to get into some fun challenging terrain. Aug 26, 2017
Alex Reimers
Boulder, CO
Alex Reimers   Boulder, CO
I did China camp and more or less this route for the first time and have a couple of opinions. First and foremost I'd recommend riding this in the reverse direction that this featured ride does. It seems it would be a lot more fun as you get to descend the more technical sections. Second is that there are a lot of trails not (yet) on MTBProject like Powerline that if I had had more time I definitely would have climbed up to descend. Third is that this route needs a ton of cleanup of it's GPS points as it doesn't really follow the trail and sometimes takes you to parking lots for no reason. Apr 23, 2018

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