From Evergreen Trail Guide
Capitol Forest is a large state forest just outside of Olympia managed by DNR. The forest is 91,650 acres (150 square miles) with 166 miles of singletrack and 575 miles of gravel road. There is a wide variety of rides you can put together here, ranging from 5 mile road rides to 40+ mile singletrack epics.
How to find it
Capitol Forest is located at the southern end of the Puget Sound just west of Olympia, Washington. More driving directions here.
Wide variety, tons of trails.
Trails #6 & #8 are mostly dry and loose, but still very good! R1de 18:13, 22 August 2012 (PDT)
- View the Basic Trail Map from CapitolForest.com
- You can purchase the DNR map
- GPS trail map for Capitol Forest from switchbacks.com
- Mountain bike ride guide has detailed descriptions of rides of various lengths and styles, including maps and elevation profiles.
Local Points of Interest
The Mima Mounds are a unique geographical feature to the area and are just off the south east side of the forest.
Stop by Olympia and lobby for more trail funding!
After a long ride and/or hobnobbing (or is that hobknobbying?) with your local legislator, post-ride beers and excellent food can be had at the Fish Bowl on 5th and Jefferson. The Organic Amber is a local favorite, and you can't go wrong with the Oyster Burger or the Fish and Chips.
There are many actively logged sections of this forest. It is also used heavily by other groups, including equestrians and ORVs. Keep your eyes peeled for people, trucks, motorcycles, and horses. Please be courteous and yield where appropriate.
Friends of Capitol Forest (FOCF) does a ton of great trail work out here. FOCF was started by mountain bikers, but welcomes all trail users. Come on out and join a work party.
Contact FOCF at .