Capital Forest - TRAIL

Capital Forest - Trail, Olympia, Washington

miles and miles of single track out in the middle of the forest. you can find anything from easy trails to the mudiest trails anywhere. it doesn't usually dry out till the middle of august. motorbikes horses hikers and hunters use the same area. this is probably some of the best trails in washington.

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xcjoe   Racer [Jun 12, 2009]

Great trails systems with plenty of NON-moto trails available to the cyclist. Massive amount of "all-mountain" trails, plenty of climbing and very fun fast rolling uphills. I went here for the 1st time on Memorial Day, 2009. No problems, had the trails virtually to myself. Lots of Friends of Capitol Forest riders, THE local source for riding and trail gnomes. Great dry weather place to ride, marginal in the wet season. I give Green Line #6 a 5 star rating.

Customer Service

Mima Porter, Green line #6, Lost Creek, Larch Mtn, Mount Molly for starters. Anywhere, just ride!
Start at Fall Creek Campground.

Similar Products Used: Tiger Mtn, Hood River, Little Bald.
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5
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4
Joe   Racer [Jun 12, 2009]

Great trails systems with plenty of NON-moto trails available to the cyclist. Massive amount of "all-mountain" trails, plenty of climbing and very fun fast rolling uphills. I went here for the 1st time on Memorial Day, 2009. No problems, had the trails virtually to myself. Lots of Friends of Capitol Forest riders, THE local source for riding and trail gnomes. Great dry weather place to ride, marginal in the wet season. I give Green Line #6 a 5 star rating.

Customer Service

Mima Porter, Green line #6, Lost Creek, Larch Mtn, Mount Molly for starters. Anywhere, just ride!
Start at Fall Creek Campground.

Similar Products Used: Tiger Mtn, Hood River, Little Bald.
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5
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4
Rodeogirl73   Cross Country Rider [Nov 23, 2008]

I went today, it's pretty muddy, but challenging and fun. The trails are off limits to horses and ATV at this time of the year cuz the damages they can do after rain. But be sure to bring extra change of clothes lol.

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4
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4
csandvig   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2008]

We visited Capital Forest on Labor Day 2008 and it was like a scene from Deliverance. Motorcycles and ATVs roaring everywhere. We spent two hours driving around the entire forest looking for another mountain biker and did not find a single one. We never did get on our bikes because we were afraid we would get run over.

I suggest going on a weekday like the previous reviewer. It seems like the motorized vehicles have taken over on weekends.

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2
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3
jadedbee   Weekend Warrior [Jul 28, 2008]

I rode this on a Monday morning in late July while visiting family in Olympia (I'm from Sacramento and mostly ride NorCal trails, but having done Mtn Bike Oregon the last two years figured I had to get more time in in the NorthWest). It did not disappoint. I didn't see a single other mtbr, horse rider, or dirt bike. Ran into one Marine jogging the trail and could hear some target shooting going on from time to time. No mud or crazy atv ruts except at creek crossings. It was in the sixties most of the day. Lots of wildlife (birds of prey, deer, field mice), cool wildflowers in the clearcuts, very thick foliage (branches tore my arms and shins up), lots of roots (challenging but not frustrating), very fast switchbacks, moderate climbs, cool jumps and log options with forgiving landings.

Customer Service

Get a current map! Mine was outdated and I spent a good portion of time looking for trails that didn't exist and having to orient myself using a compass. That said, once I decided that being lost was just a state of mind, I just took the Greenline #6 wherever I found it and it was very good to me (this trail has great flow - recommendation for singlespeeders is correct). I also spent some time on Mira Porter #8 which groomed more for horses and had some extended climbing, but great meadow crossings! I did find that I couldn't put as many miles in as quickly here, so map a bail out plan if you start to bonk (the swithcbacks down Greenline #6 from the peak were not part of my intended route but ended being my favorite part - sweet!)

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5
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3
Brent Oliver   Weekend Warrior [Jan 25, 2004]

Capitol Forest is huge! Our property is only about 1/4 mile from middle waddle and me and some of my friends are into mountain bikeing so we can just leave from my house. There are trails gallor you can ride from Little rock to the closed ORV park in just a few hours "depends on how fast you are." You can also catch a bus every sunday and ride it to the peak and ride down. There are some races that go on up in capitol forest too. The skill level veries and is mudie in the winter but thats when no dirt bikes are on it.

Customer Service

SOme of the routes that me and my friends like to ride are upper green line #6, the peak, and rock candy. Fall creek is also good to ride and camp at.

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5
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4
Jeff Katz   Weekend Warrior [Dec 23, 2003]

I have ridden many a trail at the Cap, most of which are not on any map. The ones that are though are definitely worth the time you spend on them. I have rode the area in all seasons and miss the Cap terribly as I am now stuck in a mid-western hell and I miss the rainy PNW!

Customer Service

Anything the DNR will let you go on is worth the time and effort!

Similar Products Used: Once again, anywhere in the Cap is good stuff! Try riding in the sandy hills of Northern Michigan, you'll never complain about the Cap again!
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5
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4
Stan Smith   [Jul 26, 2000]

Capital Forest is a working forest that the Washington Department of Natural Resources manages. you can run into crappy trails, mud and logging or find an awesome downhill in Feburary. You should have a map and be ready for some different options. The northeern half of the forest is opne to motorized from April to November. The southern half is open to horses and mountian bikes. email me for free map info.

Customer Service

Park at Camp Wedekind and ride either east or west on trails open to bikes and horses. This is in the middle of the forest and gets less horse use.

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4
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Andrew   [Jul 28, 2000]

Capitol Forest (really called Capitol Peak) is awesome for riding. There are trails for everyone, the hardcore riders and the recreational riders. All trails are very well marked. There are both dirtbike trail and mountainbike trails. They are very well distinguished. I ride Capitol Peak once a week and I haven't even gotten close to being sick of it. Besides the great trails it is very scenic. A beautiful place to ride. Once you get up there you never want the ride to end. A great place to ride, camp, and then ride again.

Customer Service

Greenline #8

Similar Products Used: Don't waste your time, this is the place to ride. So many different trails.
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5
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Vince   [Aug 09, 2000]

Great, well marked, and maintained trails...we happened to pick a day when there was a horse-a-thon(about 500 horses), but were able to work around them...hard work pays off in some great single track and beautiful scenery...worked our asses off but really felt like we accomplished something at the end of a long day...we started at about 9:30 am and finished a little bit after 4 pm...the beer could not have tasted any better...the capital forest offers trails to match any skill level, but i wouldn't want to be near the place in the winter!

Customer Service

Greenline #6

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4
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