Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunny Saturday Getaway to China Camp State Park

This weekend was a sunny example of why everyone I miss on the East coast needs to move out to San Francisco. With 70 degree sunny weather on Saturday, Nic and I hopped in our car and drove 40 minutes across the Golden Gate and over to San Rafael in Marin county.

We ended up at China Camp State Park, a beautiful coastal wilderness area named after the Chinese shrimp fisherman that lived there at the end of the 19th century. We had been to this park once before for a Labor day weekend hike with my friend Jane and realized it would be an awesome place for a trail run and a picnic. The narrow trails are busy with mountain bikers and they snake around the coast so you have great water views the majority of the route. The inclines and declines are gradual enough to create an easy walk but long enough that you can get yourself an intense workout if you prefer to run.

I forgot to include this scenic spot in my picnic post but it is a perfect perfect place for one. There are several parking areas and entrances to the trails but we like the main one at China Camp village for it's easy parking, bathrooms and picnic tables with a view. The picnic area is free to use and has grills that several families were using to barbecues.

We bought ourselves some sandwiches from one of our favorite SF delis and packed them in our awesome REI cooler to enjoy after our trail run.

It was a perfect weekend date and here are all the details on how you can get to this cool little playground!...

Official Website:
Directions to parking area and Shoreline Trail Trailhead:
-Take Highway 101 North from San Francisco and once you are about 15 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge (in San Rafael,) take the North San Pedro Road exit and keep right at the off ramp (sign for East San Pedro) to merge onto North San Pedro Road. Stay on this for 3.4 miles through a residential area and around the China Camp State Park until you reach signs for China Camp Village on your left and park in the village lot.

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