11.3 miles
Distance
1,921 ft
Climb
-1,902 ft
Descent
1,561 ft
High Point
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At the 2nd round of the YES NW racers will tackle the classic trails out of Fall Creek in Capitol Forest.

Intermediate and Novice racers will race stages 1,2 and 3.

LIte racers will race stage 1. (approx. 5 miles and 800ft of elevation gain)

Stage 1 is Little Larch Mt Trail (LLMT). LLMT was the first one-way mtb trail built in Capitol Forest. And it was built by MTBer's, so it's got jumps, berms, drops, flow and pumping. It's pretty dang sweet.

Stage 2 will start just above a section called "Roots of Fury" filled with classic NW rooty action. Don't worry, there are multiple lines and if you raced Joyride at Tiger there's nothing here that will catch you off guard. After the "Roots of Fury section you will continue

Stage 3 will start in a section called The Luge and it may be the funnest couple minutes you can have on a bike. It's fast and flowy with a couple send it opportunities.

Spoiler Alert: There are a few punchy climbs on stages 2 and 3 so be prepared to hammer.
*Pro tip - 9 out of 10 times in Capitol Forest when you cross a bridge there is a climb right after.

Aid/Feed Station will be located at the C5700 on the C-Line in between stages 2-3. Intermediate and Novice racer's will pass it 2x, on the way to stage 2 and after stage 2.

Detailed Description
2021 YES NW: Fall Creek Enduro is a 11 mile intermediate race route located near Olympia Washington. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 1,921 ft with a max elevation of 1,561 ft then descends -1,902 ft.
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16 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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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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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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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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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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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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2whlsinmequiva (Oct 30, 2017 at 20:54)
Trail Little Larch
Trail was in great shape and a lot of fun!!
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Route Sections

1 Stage 1: Little Larch
  • 1 mile distance
  • 3 ft climb
  • -654 ft descent
2 Stage 2: Greenline - Roots of Fury
  • 1 mile distance
  • 92 ft climb
  • -464 ft descent
3 Stage 3: Greenline - The Luge
  • 2 miles distance
  • 10 ft climb
  • -544 ft descent

Trails in Route

Level Up2 miles
Little Larch2 miles

Details

  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Sunday August 15, 2021
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ridelogs
    6
More Stats for 2021 YES NW: Fall Creek Enduro mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    18 ft
  • Altitude min
    584 ft
  • Altitude start
    588 ft
  • Altitude end
    607 ft
  • Grade max
    -67.7%
  • Grade min
    34.9%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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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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