Can you say spectacular views? To the west the horizon is filled with the Olympic Mountains. To the northeast you can see Mount Baker. Look south along the Cascades until you spot Rainier, Adams and Saint Helens. Back north and you can see the southern most tip of Puget Sound. However the best part of this ride is the single track. Years of ORV use have carved out velvet smooth trails loaded with berms. Tremendous downhill with high berms that you can lean in to and rocket out the other side. Dirt is mostly hard packed red clay. In the summer it makes for awesome riding. When it is wet is sticks to everything and seriously beats up your bike. The red clay also stains your skin for a while. Seriously. Try washing off with soap. I mean scrub yourself raw and then dry off with a white towel. See what happens. The last time I raced at Capitol Forest about thirty riders were in a group as we hit the descent. The trail winds back and forth down the peak. We were riding tire to tire at insane speeds. The number of riders looked like a giant snake twisting through the forest. Way cool! This loop is not the same as Kikendale's. The forest is actually a tree farm owned by the state. The state grants contracts to private logging companies. One recently destroyed most of the upper part of the trail. Our loop is longer and double back on itself. However, the terrain going up is pretty good but going down it is ripping!!!
How to get there:
From Olympia take I-5 south to exit 95. Take route 121 to town of Littlerock. At "y' in road take a left on Waddell Creek Road. Follow for 4.4 miles to big paved intersection. Go left and head to end of blacktop. Take right and go 1 mile to Camp Bordeaux. Campground is closed due to transients but you can park next to yellow fence.
The trails get wet and sticky in the winter, but it's great riding June through October.