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Capitol State Forest

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Waddell Creek, Sherman Valley Road, Mount Molly, Little March Mountain, Middle Waddell Loop, Noski Creek, Camp Four Creek, Potosi Creek, Sunbeam Creek, Rock Candy Trailhead, Rock Candy Mountain, Perry Creek, Beatty Creek, Stony Creek, Swift Creek, North Rim Trail, Molly Porter Trail, Capitol Peak, Buck Ridge, North Fork Porter Creek, Swan Creek, Bozy Creek, Kennedy Creek, Capitol Forest, Capitol State Forest Trail System

Last Known StatusOpen

This state forest offers about 100 miles of trails that are open to offroad use. The northern half is set aside for motorized use and the southern half is open to hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding.

The trails can be slippery and muddy but are regularly maintained by various clubs. Nearby Straddeline ORV Park offers camping with full hookups and direct trail access.

Visitors should be aware that a Washington Discover Pass is required and must be purchased prior to entry since there is no self pay kiosk.

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Nearest CityOlympia, WA
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From: Olympia, WA
1) Take US-101 north 5.5 miles
2) Turn left (west) on SR-8, continue 4.7 miles
3) Turn left (SE) on Rock Candy Mountain Road, continue about 20 yards
4) Staging area is on the right (west).


LandState Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size96,000 acres (150 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation550 to 2000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis state forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab and Washington Discover Pass**
Dates OpenMay 1 - November 30
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (105 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (48 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 48 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibitedtrails and bridges too narrow
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Some Areas
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
permitted at Middle Waddell Campground
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
permitted at Middle Waddell Campground
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
Comment**A Discover Pass is not required on any vehicle with a current ORV permit/tab but is required for the street-legal vehicle that is used to transport the ORV. The trailer does not need a pass.


ParkingYes ($11.50)
One Day Discover Pass Fee
CommentAnnual Pass - $35


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (W)Mark Reed Hospital (360) 495-3244
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (W)Shell (360) 495-4697
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (W)Shell (360) 495-4697
Potable Water WaterOn SiteMiddle Waddell Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Elma RV Park (360) 482-4053
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Straddleline ORV Park (360) 495-3054
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteMiddle Waddell Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (W)Gordon Select Market (360) 495-3647
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SE)Kenneydell Park
Body of Water Water BodyOn SitePerry Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (N)Summit Lake Boat Ramp


Contact InfoWashington DNR - South Puget Sound Region
950 Farman Avenue N
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 825-1631
Contact InfoWashington State Department of Licensing
(360) 902-3770
CommentWashington ORV Tab Info
Contact InfoDiscover Pass Customer Service
(866) 320-9933
CommentWashington Discover Pass


Capitol State Forest Trail Photo

Capitol State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 3/3/2014 (Thanks!)

Capitol State Forest Trail Photo

Man wearing Fox motocross jersey, CamelBak and Alpinestar motocross boots sitting on wooden stump off side of trail.

Photo Submitted 11/19/2013 (Thanks!)

Capitol State Forest Trail Photo

Yamaha Raptor 700 going through a semi rocky section of trail.

Photo Submitted 6/24/2012 (Thanks!)

Capitol State Forest Trail Photo

Yamaha Raptor 700 on the trail.

Photo Submitted 6/24/2012 (Thanks!)

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