Monday, March 17, 2014

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Twenty-nine
China Camp State Park

Single track Bay View Trail at China Camp State Park

What it's like:
Although China Camp is just miles from US101 and San Rafael, this 7.3 mile hike is a peaceful journey through woods and grassland at the edge of San Pablo Bay.

Why now:
Rains have created an Irish-spring sparkle throughout the flower-dotted woods and grassland.

If you can't make it this week:
Since China Camp is heavily used by cyclists, trails are often very muddy after storms. Much of this hike is shaded, so it is a great choice in summer and autumn. Wildflowers peak from late winter to early spring.

Insider tip:
I just checked Reserve America -- there are many campsites available this week in China Camp's beautiful walk-in campground. This hike literally begins and ends at the campground -- can you imagine a better commute?

China Camp is hike number 3 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition)Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Explore Pearson-Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto on this 3.7 mile loop, an easy excursion up and down soft rolling hills studded with valley oaks. Lovely wildflowers now through early summer!

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