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China Camp

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

Any of the single track or the fire roads. Nearly all the single track is legal. I wouldn't call this technical single track; it's a lot like skiing groomed slopes. But it is enjoyable. I found some of the fire roads here to be tougher than the single track. The "backside" (southside) of the hill is supposedly more technical but I don't know yet (see J.T. Howell trail). This place is definitely worth a look especially on a weekday.
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Latitude
38.00569916492091
Longitude
-122.48442649841309
Trail Directions
Take Hwy. 101 to just North of downtown San Rafael and just before the world famous Marin County Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Turn off at N San Pedro Rd. and go East 5 mile approx to China Camp State Park
Trail Length
up to 15 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Rafael
State/Territory/Province
California
Zip/Postal Code
94948
Country
United States
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Review Date
September 1, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dirtyBob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just rode 16 miles all over this place. Front side, back side... all of it. I can tell you this: if you like cross country mountain biking, you'll love this place. Lots of pedalling, without a lot of consistently long dh. Lots of stuff to test your focus on the back (west) side since the trails are extremely narrow. Nice easy stuff on the front (east) side. I rode it all on a dh bike with flats, so it's all doable. Not a lot of jumps and other elements if that's your thing, but lots and lots and lots of singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
tamarancho



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Review Date
December 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: masonmoa ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is kind of my go-to easy ride I like to do about once a week to stay in shape. Well, it's my easy ride when I stay on the east side of the ridge. If you connect the backside to the ride, it turns into a fairly technical ride and a hell of a climb back out. And by the way, I want to mention because of a lot of peoples' kind of sketchy talk about riding the backside on this website, that I took a bad fall a couple of weeks ago and was walking back up the fire trail to the Nike site when the local law enforcement guy drove up in his big pickup. He tried to help me out as I was pretty banged up and I just asked him outright if it was cool to ride the area. He told me directly that unless there's signs posted stating "no riding" then it's all legal and legit and he's the local San Rafael PD officer who's in charge of patrolling that area. So, don't be afraid of hitting up the backside because it turns China Camp into a completely different experience.

Recommended Route:
Depends on how much time you got and how much effort you want to put in.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tamarancho.



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Review Date
September 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tjay ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:

Loose rocks, rolling single track, no steep climb just gradual, ruts and loose rock when descending.

Make sure to bring extra tube for pinch flats. I saw two riders that had pinch flat over the weekend. Also, watchout for other riders and hikers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skeggs Point.



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Review Date
December 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rednova75 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
China Camp has almost everything you could want from a local trail network. I've been riding there for almost a year, 2-4 times a week and it just doesn't get boring! you can ride nice flowing single track around the whole park or you can ride the backside of the park and find some truely challenging drops and trails. For intermidiate riders stay clear of the front side on the weekends you will get frustrated!

As for the ratings:

Technical difficulty you can ride anything from a 1 - 4 and the same goes for areobic difficulty. This is one of the reasons I love this place you can choose the type of ride you want from a quick workout ride to challenging all mountain ride with steep decents an fun drops.

Recommended Route:
Hitler is always fun (just watch out for the baby heads) J.T. Howell, Q4, Drop ins at nike site, most small hidden trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
tamerancho, Demo Froest Santa Cruz



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Review Date
December 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jxcrider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail some tough parts for a xc rig (rocky mountain element 70) near the 7 eleven trail head crashed today two times, both because i was riding too fast so watch your speed, i hit a burm and flew into a tree at about 25 mph, not pretty...

Recommended Route:
any trail is fun

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tamarancho is extremely fun go there..



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sfgiantsfan (03/24/2012)
25 into a tree, come on
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