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Capital Forest

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 29

miles and miles of single track out in the middle of the forest. you can find anything from easy trails to the mudiest trails anywhere. it doesn't usually dry out till the middle of august. motorbikes horses hikers and hunters use the same area. this is probably some of the best trails in washington.
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Latitude
47.0293599624597
Longitude
-123.16523551940918
Trail Directions
Trail Length
lots
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Olympia
   


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Review Date
June 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: xcjoe ,  Racer

Summary:
Great trails systems with plenty of NON-moto trails available to the cyclist. Massive amount of "all-mountain" trails, plenty of climbing and very fun fast rolling uphills. I went here for the 1st time on Memorial Day, 2009. No problems, had the trails virtually to myself. Lots of Friends of Capitol Forest riders, THE local source for riding and trail gnomes. Great dry weather place to ride, marginal in the wet season. I give Green Line #6 a 5 star rating.

Recommended Route:
Mima Porter, Green line #6, Lost Creek, Larch Mtn, Mount Molly for starters. Anywhere, just ride!
Start at Fall Creek Campground.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tiger Mtn, Hood River, Little Bald.



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Review Date
November 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rodeogirl73 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I went today, it's pretty muddy, but challenging and fun. The trails are off limits to horses and ATV at this time of the year cuz the damages they can do after rain. But be sure to bring extra change of clothes lol.



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Review Date
September 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: csandvig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We visited Capital Forest on Labor Day 2008 and it was like a scene from Deliverance. Motorcycles and ATVs roaring everywhere. We spent two hours driving around the entire forest looking for another mountain biker and did not find a single one. We never did get on our bikes because we were afraid we would get run over.

I suggest going on a weekday like the previous reviewer. It seems like the motorized vehicles have taken over on weekends.



Comments
buzzy248 (09/09/2008)
You should have gone to the south half of the forest. These are the horse trails and there are not any motorized vehicles except on the roads. Better trails for mountain bikers anyway. South of Porter creek is good.
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Review Date
July 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jadedbee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this on a Monday morning in late July while visiting family in Olympia (I'm from Sacramento and mostly ride NorCal trails, but having done Mtn Bike Oregon the last two years figured I had to get more time in in the NorthWest). It did not disappoint. I didn't see a single other mtbr, horse rider, or dirt bike. Ran into one Marine jogging the trail and could hear some target shooting going on from time to time. No mud or crazy atv ruts except at creek crossings. It was in the sixties most of the day. Lots of wildlife (birds of prey, deer, field mice), cool wildflowers in the clearcuts, very thick foliage (branches tore my arms and shins up), lots of roots (challenging but not frustrating), very fast switchbacks, moderate climbs, cool jumps and log options with forgiving landings.

Recommended Route:
Get a current map! Mine was outdated and I spent a good portion of time looking for trails that didn't exist and having to orient myself using a compass. That said, once I decided that being lost was just a state of mind, I just took the Greenline #6 wherever I found it and it was very good to me (this trail has great flow - recommendation for singlespeeders is correct). I also spent some time on Mira Porter #8 which groomed more for horses and had some extended climbing, but great meadow crossings! I did find that I couldn't put as many miles in as quickly here, so map a bail out plan if you start to bonk (the swithcbacks down Greenline #6 from the peak were not part of my intended route but ended being my favorite part - sweet!)



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Review Date
January 25, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Brent Oliver ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Capitol Forest is huge! Our property is only about 1/4 mile from middle waddle and me and some of my friends are into mountain bikeing so we can just leave from my house. There are trails gallor you can ride from Little rock to the closed ORV park in just a few hours "depends on how fast you are." You can also catch a bus every sunday and ride it to the peak and ride down. There are some races that go on up in capitol forest too. The skill level veries and is mudie in the winter but thats when no dirt bikes are on it.

Recommended Route:
SOme of the routes that me and my friends like to ride are upper green line #6, the peak, and rock candy. Fall creek is also good to ride and camp at.



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