China Camp features an undeveloped stretch of San Pablo Bay shoreline just outside San Rafael. The park is named for a 19th-century shrimp fishing village, which today is a cluster of unremarkable buildings.
This wooded loop is mostly flat or downhill except for a big climb at the beginning. It's a very popular biking route but might be a bit dull for hiking.
China Camp’s campground, which is a 100–400 yard walk from the parking lot, is tucked away in a sheltered glen under the deep shade of a dense oak grove.
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