China Camp - Trail, San Rafael, California

China Camp - Trail, San Rafael, California

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 01, 2014]
dirtyBob
Cross Country Rider

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.

Similar Products Used:

tamarancho

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 15, 2011]
masonmoa
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

Tamarancho.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[Sep 19, 2011]
Tjay
Cross Country Rider


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.

Similar Products Used:

Skeggs Point.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 12, 2010]
rednova75
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

tamerancho, Demo Froest Santa Cruz

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 05, 2009]
jxcrider
Cross Country Rider

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...

Customer Service

any trail is fun

Similar Products Used:

Tamarancho is extremely fun go there..

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 17, 2009]
G-ran-T-Rider
Cross Country Rider

I love this trail. There's lots of single track with some technical sections, but also some smooth switchbacks which are fun and easy to climb on. Overall, I had a great time on this trail.

Customer Service

Just take the standard route which most people ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 16, 2009]
NorCalMTBiker
Cross Country Rider

I ride China camp at least once a week. It's a lot like Upper Campus in Santa Cruz where there is a network of trails that you can get lost in for hours. You can find some intermediate downhill and some more advanced cross country, but for the most part its pretty mellow cross country. I would say the front side is easier than the back side.

Customer Service

I like starting on the backside in Dominican by the old convent.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2009]
rayscherck
Cross Country Rider

Many single track riding with switchbacks to make the climbs easier. The backside is much more technical and is geared toward an advance intermediate or higher skill level. The riding is mostly shaded and has some great views of the bay near the top. I recommend riding here on weekdays when the trails are less populated. Overall, China Camp is has lots of single tracks and can be a fun place to ride for all types of riders.

Similar Products Used:

Tamarancho & Annadel

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 11, 2009]
hachaduryan
Weekend Warrior

China Camp is a great place to go and have a fun ride. There are roughly two parts - an easy/intermediate part if you choose not to go all the way up and a intermediate/advanced part if you go all the way up and take the back side.

Customer Service

I'd take the front side for more speed and fun. Going all the way up can be a bit too gnarly for an XC like me.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 11, 2008]
hopex0
Cross Country Rider

Nice midday ride. never very crowded during the day. Rangers close trail frequently but fence is easy to hop.

Customer Service

Main starting area (the place with all the cars)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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