China Camp State Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 761' 232 m
Descent: -761' -232 m
High: 610' 186 m
Low: 20' 6 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Enjoy singletrack bliss and beautiful Bay views on a well-maintained trail system appropriate for all levels of runners.”— Michael Beetham
Trail passes or Parking and Trail passes can be purchased here.
From here you'll run along plenty of switchbacks as you continue your hill climb. You'll reach the Powerline Trail again after another .5 miles, where you'll make a sharp left to stay on the Bay View Trail. You have completed a major climb, and now can enjoy a more gentle, rolling run along forested singletrack punctuated with views of the Bay. After a mile, you'll reach the junction with the Echo Trail. Stay on the Bay View Trail as you cross a small bridge over a creek canyon.
Stay on the Bay View Trail for the next 1.8 miles. You'll pass two junctions with the Back Ranch Meadows Trail, but follow signs for the Bay View Trail. It is more of the gently rolling forested singletrack with little elevation change. You'll reach a large open trail junction with several trails in every direction. Bear left onto the Oak Ridge Trail.
In .5 miles, you'll reach another trail junction. Bear right to stay on Oak Ridge Trail. In another .5 miles, you'll reach another junction, where you'll want to stay on the Oak Ridge Trail toward Peacock Gap. You'll then start a significant descent on tight switchbacks for .3 miles. The Oak Ridge Trail ends at the junction with the Shoreline Trail. Go straight onto the Shoreline Trail.
You'll take the Shoreline Trail 3.3 or so miles back to the start of your loop at Back Ranch Meadows. On the Shoreline Trail, you'll reach a junction with a fire road in 2 miles. Follow the fire road (which is still considered the Shoreline Trail), for .4 miles into the Miwok Meadows picnic area. There is a pit toilet here.
Continue onto the Shoreline Trail back onto singletrack. In a half mile, you'll reach a parking lot along San Pedro Road. Stay on the trail for another half mile until you can see the parking lot that you are parked in. There is a short-cut trail to the parking lot that you can take, but it is often completely water-logged. If this is the case, you can follow the shoreline trail through the walk-in campground back to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - China Camp