Capitol State Forest –Larch Mountain Loop

Tumwater, Washington

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The mainstay for mountain biking on the western side of the Cascades, Capitol State Forest will always be a popular site for recreation. This ride starts with a hefty forest road climb and moves into rolling singletrack at the top. There are many trails out here, so follow the signs and our directions to avoid getting lost.
Mountain Biking Washington

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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

The mainstay for mountain biking on the western side of the Cascades, Capitol State Forest will always be a popular site for recreation. This ride starts with a hefty forest road climb and moves into rolling singletrack at the top. There are many trails out here, so follow the signs and our directions to avoid getting lost.

©  Amy & Mark Poffenbarger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tumwater
Distance: 20.5
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Best in summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: USGS Little Rock, Capital Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Capitol State Forest –Larch Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

3/16/2008
1

Very intense set of trails that interconnect, but beware, there will be a lot of ATVs and dirt bikes on the trails with you, even the trails that are marked as motorized rides not allowed (but they generally were considerate of mountain bikers). Took about 3 hours to ride up near the peak of Rock Candy mountain, then 1 hour for the downhill. Trails were fairly well marked throughout, but I would highly suggest you consult and possibly bring with a map such as the Dept of Natural Resources map here: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/eng_rms_capmapnu_may2.pdf I had my GPS along for the ride and was glad I did, it helped us find our way back to the car (did I mention there are intersecting trails everywhere?), but some dirt bike riders also kindly confirmed the direction of the parking lot. Very muddy, very fun, just remember to pack food and snacks because this trail will wear you out!


1/8/2001
0

You have to go when its muddy to get a good experience, but still a lot of fun!



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Apr 2018