Rock Candy Mountain Trail

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Rock Candy Mountain Trail is a 30.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

30.4 miles
5150 feet

dogs on leash

mountain biking

off road driving




A Discovery Pass is required to enter Capitol State Forest. Off-road vehicle users and horse-back riders can use Capitol State Forest Trails from May 1 - November 30 only.

trail running
1 month ago

I did this the other day as a trail run. 40 bird species. Great views and forests for sure. I did the three peaks on the western side - Capitol, Larch, and Rock Candy for a bit more fun. Quite a day.

3 months ago

Can you take four wheelers on this trail?

9 months ago

Fun trail with many choices of distance. Some terrain suited more for dirt bikes, due to large gravel. Dirt bikes not an issue, you can hear them coming and have plenty of time to move off trail to give them room.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

6/17/17 - Trail was very rocky, muddy, wet, and huge puddles. Very rough terrain to walk on foot. They need to split the trail. Half for feet half for wheels. This trail isn't very safe to have both at the same time. Great trail if you're on wheels, awful for feet. We won't be returning.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday, October 22, 2016

trail is super lumpy. Lots of boulders under some dust. hard on the feet and ankles but still a decent trail. slight elevation gain but nothing a healthy person couldn't handle. expect more motorized traffic than actual foot traffic.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

you can keep a good fast pace hike on the ascent and decent. The dirt bikes were really no bother since you can hear them a long ways away.

off road driving
Monday, May 23, 2016

This is a nice trail in a much larger trail system designated for motorized use from May to December. I have ridden this trail, and many parts of it connected with other trails, on my dirt bike. Not particularly challenging but a good ride. I don't understand why anyone would want to hike it during motorized use time frame. And to Miss Zieber, you should be able to hear any motorcycle coming your way from a half mile distance, plenty of time to get off the trail and let them pass. Not to mention the entire southern half (south of C-line) of the forest trails which are non motorized use only.

Monday, May 23, 2016

This is really primarily an off road trail for motorcycles. Not exactly scenic for a hiker. One of my favorite trails for my 350 husqvarna enduro bike. Probably a great mtn bike trail too.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Great area for all types of out door fun. Stuck mostly to the North Rim trail and have explored most of it both on foot and on a quad. Lots of different options and varying terrain.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Had a lot of fun. First time. Was able to buy the parking pass via easily posted 1 (866) 320-9933. $11 for one day, $35 for the year. No brainier. I grab the $35 for training in this mountain for my next ultra. (You will need it if you really want to know this MT. There are a lot of crossroads. So like those before me warned...stay directionally conscious. I Hope to to the 30 mile loop in the next 30-45 days.

I tried to post pictures and will hope to post more signage to help the next go round for anyone.

Really awesome first 2.5 miles listening to flowing water, and that transcends to really nice wind through the mountains.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Good easy hike from the parking lot, very pretty. Kids and I hiked 2.5 miles up with the dogs off leash. Didn't come across a single soul. Alot of little creeks. 5 yr old made the whole hike. Just be careful, this trail is multi-use half the year, it's a little unnerving knowing you're hiking with motorized users. :/

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Capital Forest is a great place for hiking, bicycling, hunting, (and sometimes) backwoods skiing. Be aware there are a lot of hunters in the months Oct-Dec so wearing bright orange colors are strongly advised. Capital forest has a lot of back gravel roads that are accessible in certain months of the year by car which make
It easy to get to more secluded hiking spots. But I'm afraid with all the new roads there putting thru capital forest it won't stay that way for long.
It has a LOT paths but also a lot of markers so you don't have to worry too much about getting lost if you have a map. In all a great nearby hike, bike, hunt, etc.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The trail is ok. Not terribly difficult but a good workout. The trails are poorly marked. I found myself exploring to find the correct trail. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I was lost...just misplaced. If your looking for a up and back kinda hike then this is not the one for you.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Great day hike for getting in some miles on your boots... Very easy to get on the wrong trail.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Awsome view at the top. Some trails are very rocky and can be tough on your ankles. Watch out for ATVs, they tend to not look out for hikers. Overall nice hike.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Very fun trail! Lots of different directions to go! But be prepared to climb lol

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