4,560 ft
Distance
-490 ft
Descent
1,303 ft
High Point

Start from the top of Little Larch Mountain and run just past the 2nd road crossing. After crossing the 2nd road stay right at the Y and finish at old road grade.

Detailed Description
CDC Stage 5 - Little Larch is a 4,560 ft intermediate race route located near Olympia Washington. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 1 trails. This route with a max elevation of 1,303 ft then descends -490 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Difficulty rating
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More Stats for CDC Stage 5 - Little Larch mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -490 ft
  • Altitude min
    813 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,303 ft
  • Altitude end
    814 ft
  • Grade
    -10.7%
  • Grade max
    -31.5%
  • Grade min
    0.4%
  • Distance down
    4,321 ft
  • Distance flat
    243 ft
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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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