27.1 miles
Distance
4,843 ft
Climb
-4,828 ft
Descent
2,657 ft
High Point

We are super excited to team up with Friends of Capitol Forest and return home to where the first ever enduro was held in WA state back in 2012. Always a racer's favorite, the Capitol Forest course is a great mix of old school natural - fast and fun multi-mix moto and MTB purpose trails.

Category Stage Order:
Pro and Expert: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Sport: 4, 1, 2, 5
Youth and Beginner: 4 and 5 (start at C-LINE Rd and GREENLINE Trail Junction)

Main Venue Staging Area: FALL CREEK DAY USE AREA

Transfer 1: Racers will leave FALL CREEK DAY USE AREA and climb to CAPITOL PEAK via Rd 6000 > C-Line > C7000 > CAPITOL PEAK Access Rd.

Stage 1: CAPITOL PEAK TRAIL > TWIN PEAKS TRAIL

Capitol Peak Trail starts from the top of Capitol Peak (2659ft) and descends into the most technical part of the course... A rocky section that has seen some work over the last couple years to make it more sustainable and stable. This section is relatively short but can wreck havoc on wheels if not careful. The stage continues on Twin Peaks Trail where the middle section is a new reroute that has never been raced before. It is fast and loose and will take you to the finish. Estimated time 8-10 minutes.

Transfer 2: Coast down Rd8200 and take a left on an unnamed spur road. Then it's a short, easy climb to the start of stage 2.

Stage 2:
LOWER TWIN PEAKS TRAIL

This stage starts a great moto berm that slingshots you into one of the most fun trails in Capitol Forest complete with a "MTB only" reroute. The stage will end at the junction of Twin Peaks Trail and Waddell Basin West Trail. Estimated time 5.5 - 7 minutes.

Transfer 3: Climb out of the bottom of the basin on the Waddell Basin West Trail to the Quarry Trail. Follow the Quarry Trail to the C-Line. SPORT RACERS WILL GO RIGHT to stage 4 (Little Larch Mt) and PRO/EXP RACERS WILL GO LEFT to Stage 3 (McKenny Trail)

Stage 3: McKenny Trail
Pro/Expert - This descent is a local favorite. It is fast, narrow and has switchbacks that come at you fast; not to mention a gut punch climb in the middle. Estimated time 7-10 minutes.

Pro/Exp Transfer - After the stage finish continue on trail just a few meters and stay right at the Y and this will take you back to C-6000. Climb up to the Stage 4 (Little Larch Mt.)

Stage 4: Little Larch Mountain Trail
Descend the first MTB specific trail built in Capitol Forest. Yes, there will be flow, berms and jumps and non-mandatory drops... After the second road crossing you will enter a clearcut; at the Y in the trail go right and the finish will be before you hit the road. Estimated time 4 - 5.5 minutes.

Transfer 4: Take a right on Rd6000 and climb up to the C-Line and go left. Cruise up the C-Line. You will cross the Greenline trail on a stretch of pavement... This will be the Youth and Beginner Start for stage 4. Everyone else continue up the C-Line and take the first spur road on the right; it's a hard right. Climb up the road to where the Greenline Trail crosses the road and this is the start of stage 4.

Stage 5: Greenline 6
Known by most as GL6, this trail is a "must do" with any trip to Capitol Forest. The longest stage of the day ends where everyone started, bringing you full circle with an exciting finish in the main venue area. Estimated time 12 - 15.5 minutes. Estimated Race Time: 30-40 minutes

Detailed Description
2017 CDC: Capitol Forest Enduro is a 27 mile popular expert route located near Olympia Washington. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 4,843 ft with a max elevation of 2,657 ft then descends -4,828 ft.
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29 Reviews & Comments

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Combinednathan (Oct 23, 2022 at 17:01)
The downhill going into al Davis is a blast on a mountain bike. Really fun flowy berms just worried about dirt bikes coming up the trail
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pinkece (Jul 2, 2022 at 15:29)
Trail Little Larch
A bit more about the constant trail merges and signs. I know the chances are slim but there would have been about 0 possibility of avoiding collisions at some of these areas if there were 2 riders merging at different speeds. Overall the place just felt hazardous above what a trail should.
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pinkece (Jul 2, 2022 at 15:22)
Trail Little Larch
Am I the only person that wasn't in love with this trail. I was lured there by the ratings and positive comments I've seen on the internet. I did the climb on Level Up, which was fine. Intensity level definitely low. Then to the descent on Little Larch. The main features are steep sections mixed with a few berms. The "jumps" are few and far between and not well groomed or taken care of. There are also multitudes of occasional of tiny drops if they can be called that but they're all about the same with the same placement on the trail. I did take a few of the advanced lines but honestly it was hard to enjoy. Perhaps it was just a bit too rough/wild for me. The constant warning signage for merges etc were distracting. I'd much prefer riding 360 out in Gig Harbor or Tiger Mountain. I rated my experience at Capitol Forest as a 2 of 5.
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DrTrailforks (May 5, 2022 at 20:10)
Ok so maybe calling this trail mediocre was a bit unfair. This trail is quite decent and honestly with the length it’s actually a nice choice if you’re feeling something on the more long and mellow side. Even just one run down this makes for a fun day on a bike. If it wasn’t shuttle accessed it would be a different story though.
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deboi (Apr 27, 2022 at 7:32)
Very nice trail, when it’s wet still drivable but bring some extra clothes since it can be muddy
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Combinednathan (Feb 13, 2022 at 9:25)
Definitely wouldn’t call this a mediocre trail. It’s a classic pnw XC trail that feels like you’re descending a mountain. Some lame climbing sections but lots of fun, fast downhills. Must ride if you’re shuttling. Along side little larch
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DrTrailforks (Feb 12, 2022 at 14:24)
This is in no way a black Diamond. Go ride the black diamonds at north slope and you’ll see what a black Diamond is. Honestly nothing on this trail is even that challenging. This is a pretty mediocre trail overall with a handful of fun technical sections. Little larch is a far superior trail.
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Jadeeyes1113 (Sep 10, 2021 at 23:12)
Trail Little Larch
Awesome trail! Everything rollable so a great trail to build confidence. A bit pedaly towards the bottom so don’t bring your dh bike. The level up trail makes it a great loop.
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Combinednathan (May 29, 2021 at 17:24)
Trail Little Larch
Must ride at capital forest. Tons of tables and some spicy sections. If you ride the harder stuff, this is a hard blue. If you ride the easy sections only, this is a true blue in my opinion
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Combinednathan (May 29, 2021 at 17:23)
This is a very shuttleable road
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Cameron2586 (May 10, 2021 at 22:19)
Trail Little Larch
First time in Capital Forest and this trail was awesome. Well maintained and easy to navigate.
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chunky-tech-doctor (Mar 23, 2021 at 13:09)
Can you shuttle this with a vehicle?
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RufinoRamos (Sep 7, 2020 at 18:37)
The trail is in tip top shape
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7imothy (May 23, 2020 at 9:45)
I think this is a challenging intermediate level course. A few pretty steep sections and tons of roots and small features to get a little air on. Rode this on our hardtails yesterday and had some root fatigue by the end for sure. Would be less challenging on a full-squish bike.
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adveturebrock (Sep 15, 2019 at 12:43)
Trail Little Larch
Super fun with multiple black diamond split offs. There's berms and jumps and some techy roots up top. Then it opens into flow, don't stop push it all the way to the forest the track ends with a couple nice jumps. There are a few floaters and manual pads overall a super nice trail!
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adveturebrock (Sep 7, 2019 at 9:06)
Not a black diamond i don't care what anyone says about that. It's a true blue and perfect for those trying to get more comfortable mtn biking. I'd say more classic than a flow trail but there's some fun berms and flowy sections. Do yourself a favor and ride the work roads or climb up to it...we came in awkwardly and rode up the last section to the top which was semi brutal.
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adveturebrock (Sep 7, 2019 at 8:59)
Man this was sooo good! Super bummer there's no signs on the way that Crestline is closed coming in to greenline... that made a hard ride a lot harder going up green line to the start of it due to the wrong side of a 50/50 work road split decision...trails a little dry and loose but also grippy in spots currently.
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gdtrfb8 (Jul 31, 2019 at 22:21)
Trail Little Larch
Fun trail with quite a bit of variety from top to bottom. I've only ridden it twice (on same day), but I recall steeper terrain with optional jumps at the top, along with a few areas where you can ride a hard or easy line (trail splits), one of which has a sweet log ride I didn't expect. Lower down it gets into some flatter terrain and flow/pump track features, including what appeared to be a newer circular pump track along the way. It then finishes with some nice drop-offs on the runout. I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Good stuff, and a huge shoutout to FOCF not just for the trail build, but also for the excellent signage and rad wood carvings.
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ryancmoss (Jul 25, 2019 at 18:05)
I would say this trail is rated properly. I took a dated 2016 Trek EX8 29er down it and it was more than enough bike for this sometimes fast and flowery trail with some mild to moderate rock and root obstacles and maybe even a garden or two. The drops are small and don't sneak up on you. A couple of the switchbacks are tight if you come in too hot, but again, nothing you don't see coming.
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RufinoRamos (Jul 5, 2019 at 22:02)
Nice ride I wish there were signs posted that crest line is closed at the bottom or attest were green line tie starts .
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RufinoRamos (Jun 22, 2019 at 21:04)
Trail Little Larch
Love this trail hats off hands clapping to the bilder I see all the time working the berms making new pump lines and just enjoying all of it .
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RufinoRamos (Jun 18, 2019 at 2:38)
It getting over grown wear pants .
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Deerslayer767 (Jun 17, 2019 at 22:02)
Trail Little Larch
Being my 2nd time on a real mountain bike. I would say the trail is great shape. Just a few spots of lose dirt and not dusty at all. Seem to grip way better that I did last week on greenline.
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RufinoRamos (May 3, 2019 at 17:04)
I will say this I had the best crash ever rear wheel going balls out almost made the Conner dam tree stopped me .If I only had a go pro .it would be an epic crash .nothing broke nothing bent .third time this week around the loop ,gl6 baby .scoby is next .
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RufinoRamos (May 3, 2019 at 16:59)
The trail is fast today ,or that could have just been me watch the first set off roots .keep that front tire up and be sure to slow down I didn't ,
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cr3pitus (Apr 26, 2018 at 18:59)
I would definitely call this a blue intermediate trail not a black diamond. There are roots and drops but the largest drop is maybe 15 inches and at the speed the trail provides it requires very minimal effort of the rider to compensate for the drop. I guess technically some of the drops are unavoidable but they are in the minority and are small.
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2whlsinmequiva (Oct 30, 2017 at 20:54)
Trail Little Larch
Trail was in great shape and a lot of fun!!
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RADMAX5 (Aug 21, 2017 at 0:07)
On the other app I use it says This is a black diamond and it is defiantly a black diamond very very very rough and a lot of roots and hard obstacles
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swartzie (May 2, 2016 at 12:12)
Great trail however I went the wrong way ... next time I'll be riding INTO the Fall Creek parking area, looks like so much fun going down!
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Route Sections

1 Timed Section
  • 2 miles distance
  • 142 ft climb
  • -959 ft descent
2 Timed Section
  • 1 mile distance
  • 40 ft climb
  • -800 ft descent
3 Timed Section
  • 2 miles distance
  • 304 ft climb
  • -895 ft descent
4 Timed Section
  • 4,235 ft distance
  • 32 ft climb
  • -503 ft descent
5 Timed Section
  • 3 miles distance
  • 219 ft climb
  • -1,186 ft descent

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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
More Stats for 2017 CDC: Capitol Forest Enduro mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    15 ft
  • Altitude min
    562 ft
  • Altitude start
    590 ft
  • Altitude end
    604 ft
  • Grade max
    -70.7%
  • Grade min
    47%
  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Greenline Trail
Jan 22, 2023 @ 10:32am
Jan 22, 2023
Started at the Greenline Tie and there was a fair amount of snow there. Was able to ride it, but not much speed in the snowy areas. Once back in the trees it was good.
Wedekind Trail
Jan 22, 2023 @ 10:32am
Jan 22, 2023
The last half a mile before the Greenline Tie was snow covered and required some walking.
Little Larch
Nov 21, 2022 @ 12:08am
Nov 21, 2022
Significant freeze/thaw going on and sections of deep clay mud. We got off and walked through the worst parts to minimize damage but I would not ride Little Larch until conditions improve. Level up was almost as bad.
McKenny Trail
Oct 18, 2022 @ 10:29am
Oct 18, 2022
Some loose, rocky sections with lots of dust. Mostly pretty decent. The leaves are starting to fall, obscuring features on the trail.
C6000 to BBQ
Sep 18, 2022 @ 11:46am
Sep 18, 2022
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