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Happy China Camp! - 10 miles (Moderate +)

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  • This is a scenic location on San Pablo Bay, which allows for blue-water vistas at every turn of the park's Shoreline Trail. It's a great park filled with history and with tons of picnic opportunities.  With more than 1,500 shoreline acres, plus a pretty forest of oaks, bays and madrone's, the park is an island of natural beauty just outside the busy city of San Rafael.

    We will go on a 10 mile loop on Shoreline Trail, Oakridge Trail and Bay View Trail.  We will go into the backcountry of the park.  We will begin our hike on Shoreline Trail from near Back Ranch Meadows Campgroud. We meander all over the park and have lunch on the bay.  There are some steep parts in this hike combined with rolling hills.

    Carpooling...Be prepared to drive, though we hope to squeeze into as few cars as possible.

    Coddingtown Library at 8

    Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8::15.


    Take the North San Pedro Road exit (there is a sign there for China Camp) and drive east for 3.5 miles.  Park on road where the BAck Ranch Meadows Campgroud entrance is on your right.  We will meet by our cars at this junction of San Pedro Rd. and the entranch to Back Ranch Meadows.  Please be aware that you need to carry your STATE PARK PASS in your PACK or purchase a per person hiker pass available at an automated pass machine at the trailhead.

    As always:

    We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.  A steady pace and we just keep going!

    Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments.  This is especially important if there are any weather issues.  Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

    Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Fee: $3 walk-in fee; a State Park Pass can be used for up to 4 people per pass.

    Facilities: Available at China Camp though not at the trail head...arrive early to use a facility located within the park.

    Dogs?: None allowed

    Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

    Dress in layers.  You will be surprised how you warm up.

    Bring a snack.  We always have a 10-15 in break at a scenic spot about half way.

    Bring your smile and great attitude!  If you are a fast hiker you will be waiting for those of us that huff and puff our way up the trail.  If you are a slow hiker you will find that we head off up the trail as soon as you catch up with the group. Please make sure this is something that you will enjoy!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

    See you on the trail!

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