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China Camp State Park Loop

Easy/Intermediate
  4.2 ( 99 ) Favorite

Trail

8.7 mile 14.0 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 792' 241 m
Descent: -792' -241 m
High: 612' 186 m
Low: 16' 5 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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

Shayne Holderby

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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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.

Overview

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.

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.

Description

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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Aug 18, 2019
Aswin Rao
Great location with awesome views 8.4mi — 1h 07m
Aug 1, 2019
Aldo Martinez
Jul 27, 2019
Gretty Arroyo
Jul 21, 2019
Tanya Stahler
Pretty darn manicured, however, there is currently a tree down on Shoreline going up from the entrance. 9.3mi — 1h 00m
Jul 20, 2019
Grant Keeney
First ride on the Canyon! — 1h 02m
Jul 14, 2019
Edgar Evange
nice ride
Jul 5, 2019
Forthright
8.7mi
Jul 2, 2019
Jodey Dugan

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  4.2 from 99 votes

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Photos

Hitting the smooth and fast Shoreline Trail at China Camp State Park.
Aug 21, 2013 near Santa V…, CA
Sometimes you have to stop and enjoy the view!
Dec 30, 2015 near Santa V…, CA
Looking at the bay. Shoreline trail
Jul 30, 2015 near Santa V…, CA
View of SF Bay Richmond Bridge and San Francisco in the distance.
May 13, 2015 near Santa V…, CA
Storm clouds rolling in over San Pablo Bay.
Sep 25, 2014 near Santa V…, CA
Took advantage of a day without rain
Feb 19, 2019 near Santa V…, CA

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