Rock Candy Mountain

Olympia, Washington

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Rock Candy Mountain, the northernmost of the three highest peaks in the Black Hills, has the best views of saltwater inlets at the southern end of Puget Sound. A network of well-maintained trails allows long runs through forests of cedar, hemlock, and fir. Head up this wide, well-maintained dirt bike trail until you come to a Y intersection (B). This is the intersection with the Rock Candy Mountain East Trail, which will be your return route. The west trail to the right goes up a little ways, crosses a road, then stays more level until you cross another dirt road. The trail intersects the North Rim Trail here (C); go left. After traveling uphill for about 0.5 mile, you come to another junction with the North Rim Trail, which winds around on its way to the north boundary of Capitol State Forest. A sign says ROCK CANDY SUMMIT 1.3 MILES.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

Rock Candy Mountain, the northernmost of the three highest peaks in the Black Hills, has the best views of saltwater inlets at the southern end of Puget Sound. A network of well-maintained trails allows long runs through forests of cedar, hemlock, and fir.

Head up this wide, well-maintained dirt bike trail until you come to a Y intersection (B). This is the intersection with the Rock Candy Mountain East Trail, which will be your return route. The west trail to the right goes up a little ways, crosses a road, then stays
more level until you cross another dirt road. The trail intersects the North Rim Trail here (C); go left. After traveling uphill for about 0.5 mile, you come to another junction with the North Rim Trail, which winds around on its way to the north boundary of Capitol State Forest. A sign says ROCK CANDY SUMMIT 1.3 MILES.

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

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Olympia
Distance: 18.5
Elevation Gain: 3,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources Capitol State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock Candy Mountain

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