Conveniently located just 5 miles south of Olympia, Capitol Forest is home to some of the state’s most outstanding off-road riding. Mountain bikers will discover miles and miles of joy-inducing singletrack weaving throughout 90,000 square acres of Douglas fir, western red cedar, hemlock, red alder, big-leaf and vine maples, willow, and cascara.
Open to the public since 1955, the forest holds adventures for hikers, campers, hunters, equestrians, and motocross riders. And although more than 150,000 outdoor enthusiasts visit Capitol Forest each year, the trails are fairly traffic free. There are simply so many miles of trails that riders won’t run into too many other people—unless you’re caught in a motocross poker run. Don’t worry; below you’ll find four trails to choose from. ORVs are permitted on only two.
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