China Camp near San Rafael:
This 1,500-acre park has miles of trails to explore and plenty of options for both novice and expert mountain bikers. For an entry-level ride, pedal along the base of the park, along the Shoreline Trail; for more advanced riders, pedal up the mountain to the Bay View Trail, where craggy, narrow trails await — Kristin Smith.
The moderately strenuous, 8-mile climb to the top, whether by foot or by mountain bike, is well worth the views of the Pacific Ocean. Thrill seekers will enjoy the all-downhill return. There’s also a side trail with steep declines and jumps for more technically inclined riders — Mike Moffitt.
Camp Tamarancho is the No. 1 mountain bike park in California, where you pay $5 for a month for unlimited riding with like-kinds on single-track trails. The 9-mile Tamarancho Loop, single-track on the east side of White Hill, is the centerpiece. Owned and operated by the Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America. — Tom Stienstra.