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Capitol State Forest - Rock Candy Mountain

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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Length

5.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.

Rating

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Capitol State Forest offers hikers a quick getaway fix and an opportunity to stretch their legs during the winter months.

This loop begins at the parking lot and follows the well-maintained North Rim Trail into the woods. Continue along the wide trail to the junction with the Rock Candy Mountain Trail.

For the loop, resist turning left and crossing over the bridge, and instead head right on the North Rim Trail and begin climbing up the mountainside. The forest along the trail is fairly young, and evidence of recent logging is never too far off.

The trail steepens and swtichbacks as it nears the top of Rock Candy Mountain, ultimately reaching a forest road known as Army Road. This is the highest point on this loop. Though there is little scenery to enjoy, recent logging activity has provided a view of the Black Hills to the south.

Head left along Army Road to the Army Road Tie Trail and the shelter of the forest. Find the Rock Candy Mountain Trail almost immediately and follow it back to the trailhead.

The Rock Candy trail is primarily for off-road vehicle and mountain bike riders, though hikers may also use it. Please practice proper trail etiquette when hiking here.

 

Capitol State Forest - Rock Candy Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.0319, -123.0938 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Guidebooks & Maps

Capitol State Forest map

Capitol State Forest Recreation and Trails Map PDF: https://bit.ly/1PpWHwq

Getting There

From I-5 in Olympia, exit onto US 101 north. After 6 miles, merge onto US 8 for another 4.7 miles to Rock Candy Mountain Road. Turn left and proceed to the trailhead.

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Capitol State Forest - Rock Candy Mountain

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