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)
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.
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
Large tree down across trail (8" diameter), blocking trail right before the intersection of Lost Valley when headed down the hill towards Fall Creek. Moist ground with a few muddy puddles. The worse puddles seemed to be on the first half to the intersection with Mima Trail/Lost Valley in the opening. That tree at 45° on the ground is about 1/3 of the way along the trail. It can be rode around but should be removed as could be a hazard if coming downhill and not looking far enough ahead or if it's dark.
The logging at the very top has started, with some trees down on the trail. The trail is passable, but that section is closed every day but Sundays until the cut is complete. The rest of GL6 is packed and prime. Get it!