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China Camp State Park Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (145) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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8.7

Miles

14.0

KM

85%

Singletrack

612' 186 m

High

16' 5 m

Low

792' 241 m

Up

792' 241 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Shayne Holderby with improvements by Anne Sauer and 3 others

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  4.3 from 145 votes

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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
The Bay View Trail has many different terrains, and this is one of the more wooded areas.
Nov 23, 2014 near Santa V…, CA
View of SF Bay Richmond Bridge and San Francisco in the distance.
May 13, 2015 near Santa V…, CA
Looking at the bay. Shoreline trail
Jul 30, 2015 near Santa V…, CA
Beautiful scenery, and well managed trails!
Dec 20, 2020 near Santa V…, CA

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Oct 9, 2021
Kevin Hu
Sep 4, 2021
Mehboob Kadri
Aug 6, 2021
James Roemer
8.9mi
Jul 17, 2021
Robert Wyler
Nice medium trail, nothing too technical or fast. Was very busy right at the start but after the climb everyone spread out. Watch for hikers. 9.8mi — 1h 22m
Jul 10, 2021
Pat Stickers
Jul 9, 2021
Christopher Casey
Jun 12, 2021
James Bishop
Not too many people out - maybe because of the heat. More technical singletrack on the backside off JT Howell that rides well in both directions! 19mi