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Whether you're a newbie or a fat-tire veteran, China Camp State Park has a trail for you. Named…

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Whether you’re a newbie or a fat-tire veteran, China Camp State Park has a trail for you. Named after an 1880s shrimp-fishing village settled by Chinese immigrants, this popular place offers a variety of well-maintained trails, including a real Marin rarity: legal singletrack. Shoreline Trail is smooth and never gets too steep, making it ideal for beginners. Intermediate and advanced riders can tackle the steeper, faster, and bumpier Bay View and Peacock Gap Trails leading down from the Nike radar base and weaving through grassy woodlands. Tasty!

Directions: Take Highway 101 to the North San Pedro exit and drive east 3.5 miles to the park. Park along the road near Back Ranch Meadows. Follow the trail to the Shoreline Trail to the right of the kiosk. Beginners should stay on Shoreline and link it with Village Trail all the way to China Camp Village. Intermediates turn right on Bay View Trail and follow this uphill connecting with Echo Trail to Bay Hills Drive, turn left, and go even further (and steeper) uphill to the Nike radar base. Continue on Ridge Fire Rd., and left at Back Ranch Fire Trail for a steep downhill. Turn right on Bay View Trail, and left at the junction with Ridge Fire Rd. Turn right on Oak Ridge Trail, which links up with Peacock Gap Trail. This takes you to Shoreline Trail which takes you back to your car.

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