Capitol State Forest Smooth Cruise

Total Miles
4.0

Elevation

534.92 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

Approximately 10 minutes from Highway 12 in the heart of Capitol State Forest lies hundreds of miles of dirt and gravel trails. This is a quick and simple run along connector D-3000 and you can expect multiple stops for photo opportunities and food/snack breaks. With most of the path being hard-packed gravel and dirt, no airing down is necessary. There are a few scattered potholes throughout the route and some larger ones here and there that make an awesome photo opportunity. From open clearcuts to dense forest, this route offers a wide variety of landscapes. In the wet months here in Washington State, you can expect some snow at higher elevations, and plenty of small creeks, waterfalls, and minor water crossings at times. This is a great beginner trail, as there are not many obstacles and it's a smooth cruise. Sunny days would be ideal, but cloudy, rainy, and foggy weather make for an amazing "moody" trip. Cell service is scattered throughout trail. There are various trails along this route for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding. Like most of Washington State public land, a Discover Pass is required, but always make sure to check online for your trips and needs. As always, don't forget to tread lightly, clean up after yourself, leave public land cleaner than you found it, and most importantly, have fun and enjoy what Washington has to offer.

Photos of Capitol State Forest Smooth Cruise

Capitol State Forest Smooth Cruise
Capitol State Forest Smooth Cruise
Capitol State Forest Smooth Cruise

Difficulty

This trail is easy and hard compact gravel/dirt. Occasional potholes are found throughout trail, but they're easily avoidable. There are wide roads with many pulls-off for wider vehicles as this route is commonly used by logging vehicles. Blind turns are common, so watch for oncoming vehicles. Rain is common and snow can affect road conditions with lowland snow.

Technical Rating

2

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