Capitol Peak

Olympia, Washington

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On a clear day you can see from the ocean to the mountains, including Mount Olympus, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. The sweeping views are a highlight of this run. This trail starts at Wedekind Picnic Area and follows the ridge to Capitol Peak, offering outstanding views at several points along the way. Go up Porter Creek Road across from the picnic area and turn right onto Trail 30 in a few hundred feet. Follow this for 0.3 mile until you come to a set of signs. One of them is the Greenline 6 Trail. Turn right onto Greenline 6 (A) and follow this trail almost to the peak. (We turned left and had a very nice 4-mile diversion.) The trail is well maintained, well marked, and runnable. It follows the gently rolling ridge through grass, salal, and huckleberry brush. Basalt rocks poke through the soil.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

On a clear day you can see from the ocean to the mountains, including Mount Olympus, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. The sweeping views are a highlight of this run. This trail starts at Wedekind Picnic Area and follows the ridge to Capitol Peak, offering outstanding views at several points along the way.

Go up Porter Creek Road across from the picnic area and turn right onto Trail 30 in a few hundred feet. Follow this for 0.3 mile until you come to a set of signs. One of them is the Greenline 6 Trail. Turn right onto Greenline 6 (A) and follow this trail almost to the peak. (We turned left and had a very nice 4-mile diversion.) The trail is well maintained, well marked, and runnable. It follows the gently rolling ridge
through grass, salal, and huckleberry brush. Basalt rocks poke through the soil.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Olympia
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: 1,550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources Capitol State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Capitol Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2008
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The drive up to the trail was pretty simple to follow, but all the way up I began to realize that this wasn't really "hiking" country because every mile or so I would pass ATV's or recreational gun shooters. This made me a bit uneasy. Also, as I approached the trail head is was clearly not well taken care of as there were bullet shells, cases of broken beer bottles and much more. I ended up sticking to the roadways just to get a little fresh air, but that was it. Until this place gets cleaned up... I would not suggest it



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