15.0 miles
Distance
2,799 ft
Climb
-2,778 ft
Descent
2,383 ft
High Point
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The Capitol Forest Classic has been a staple in the NW on the second weekend of August for the last 12 years. We are super excited to host a race on the Classic weekend while FOCF regroups to bring back racing next year. To pay homage to the Classic we are putting a spin on the Double-Duro and turning it into a 4 stage enduro.

Stage 1: Little Larch - the first one way descending trail in the state. This trail was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers and has a little of everything.

Stage 2: GreenLine\The Switchbacks - From the top of Greenline it gets pretty ripping quickly but just before you settle in you have switchbacks to contend with to keep your speed and momentum to the stage finish.

Stage 3: GreenLine\The Roots of Fury - Hope you like roots but before you get into the Fury part you'll have to deal with some loose turns in a clearcut before you get into the woods to contend with the roots.

Stage 4: GreenLine\The Luge - High speeds and banked turns will have you grinning from ear to ear on the Luge but once you hit the bridge you'll have to keep it pinned to get to the finish line.

Aid Station and Neutral Support will be located at the top of Stage 2.

Detailed Description
2021 Summer Classic Team Enduro is a 15 mile intermediate race route located near Olympia Washington. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 2,799 ft with a max elevation of 2,383 ft then descends -2,778 ft.
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28 Reviews & Comments

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pinkece (Jul 2, 2022 at 15:47)
Trail Level Up
It's a low intensity climbing trail. Mostly exposed for about the last 1/3 or so. Not sure how it can be rated above a 3!
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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 23, 2022 at 11:25)
Trail Level Up
I never knew an up trail could be fun!
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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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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 17:22)
Trail Level Up
Great climbing trail but it was my girlfriends first time real mtn biking so a great beginner trail to go down especially if you are shuttling. Definitely ran into some climbers but less than expected for a sunny Saturday morning/afternoon
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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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DrewSoOkd (Sep 28, 2020 at 8:50)
Trail Level Up
Climbing trail is open and in great shape. I can see why some people would ride down.
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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 15, 2019 at 12:39)
Trail Level Up
Great alternative to just slugging up the road! Actually really well built trail that rolls in and out of the canopy. If you like intermediate terrain roll across the road and up to little larch. If you are just learning to ride turn around and work on your turning and body position on the way down. Watch out for uphill riders though!
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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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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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gdtrfb8 (Jul 31, 2019 at 22:16)
Trail Level Up
Fantastic climbing trail! This is one of the best climbing trails I've ever ridden, at least as far as grade consistency. It's also lovely when the wildflowers are blooming, and has some variety as it ducks in and out of the forest. We rode it on 7/18/19, so only days after it had been opened all the way to the top (according to 7/8/19 Trail Report anyway), and it was definitely still needing a little love at the very top. Highly recommend this one. Great work FOCF!!
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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 (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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Route Sections

1 Stage 1: Little Larch
  • 1 mile distance
  • 3 ft climb
  • -636 ft descent
2 Stage 2: GreenLine - The Switchbacks
  • 2,690 ft distance
  • 0 ft climb
  • -368 ft descent
3 Stage 3: GreenLine - Roots of Fury
  • 2 miles distance
  • 98 ft climb
  • -827 ft descent
4 Stage 4: GreenLine - The Luge
  • 2 miles distance
  • 8 ft climb
  • -518 ft descent

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  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday August 14, 2021
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ridelogs
    5
More Stats for 2021 Summer Classic Team Enduro mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    21 ft
  • Altitude min
    584 ft
  • Altitude start
    586 ft
  • Altitude end
    607 ft
  • Grade max
    -67.7%
  • Grade min
    42.9%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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.
Level Up
Nov 21, 2022 @ 8:08am
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.
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.
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