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Big Green

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AKA ''Mean Green'', the idea is to conjoin Capitol Forest''s two major Green trails, namely, Greenline #6 and Mima-Porter #8, end-to-end, starting at either terminus (vic. Porter Creek CG or Mima Falls Trailhead), or any number of points in between, to form an epic loop. A good approach incorporates a figure eight, swapping tails at Camp Wedekind, where the two trails come close together. So, starting from Mima Falls Trailhead, follow Greenline #6 to Wedekind, jump onto Mima-Porter #8 for the descent into Porter Creek, then use #6 again back up to Wedekind, and finishing out along the remaining length of Mima-Porter #8 into Mima Falls. This is a tough ride of over 50 miles, all single-track, accumulating 8000 feet-plus, and is best attempted by riders already well familiar with Capitol Forest. Plan 7-10 hours.
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Latitude
46.90225481685775
Longitude
-123.06155204772949
Trail Directions
Exit 95 off Interstate 5. Drive to and through the town of Littlerock to the Mima Road intersection, and turn left. Turn right at the next big intersection, Bordeaux Road, and right again on Marksman, about a mile down. Go another mile and pull into Mima Falls Trailhead. Greenline #6 starts from the upper camping area. Use your DNR map from here. http://www.dnr.wa.gov/dataandmaps/maps/images/cap_forest_map.gif
Trail Length
54 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Capitol State Forest
Country
USA
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Review Date
September 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: SRR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Anyone who studies the DNR map carefully and understands the logic of the Capitol Forest trail system will appreciate that this ride has an abstract quality. That is, it's an obvious loop (sort of), judging from the map anyway, but one which is likely to be dismissed as too long or impractical for most riders. It certainly isn't a ride for every day or for every rider. But if you count yourself as a Capitol veteran, or one of the peculiar few who ride in Capitol regularly, year round -- or one who simply wishes to challenge their mountain biking stamina -- then this is certainly a must-do candidate, and one which -- like its Big Red sibling, along with the more ambitious Outer Limits -- puts real flesh on Capitol Forest's much under-publicized possibilities. So, don't delay (as I did for years), shovel down a big omelette at Farm Boy, throw a leg over, and git er done!

Besides all that, this happens to be a fabulous, fun route! If you were hoping here for a better description of the trail itself, well, that suggests that a little more of Capitol in smaller doses first might be a good idea. That way you'll know exactly what to expect (and won't be able to blame me ;-)

Recommended Route:
As posted.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big Red, Outer Limits



Comments
buzzy248 (08/24/2008)
An epic ride for sure. Make a note that part of the Mima-Porter #8 trail from its junction with Porter creek up to the old C line road is washed out, including the road at the top, as of winter 2008, which means you will have to portage your steed across the slide. The trail at this point was zig-zagging up the hill to the road crossing. Above the road the trail is fine. I have ridden the western half of this route and it is about 24 miles, a really nice ride. The trail from Wedekind down to Porter Creek is awesome. Now that I have a full suspended bike I would like to try it again.
buzzy248 (08/24/2008)
I forgot to mention that I have a GPS track of an 18 mile loop of this trail that I can upload.
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