- Trail Description:
- Road (maintained), Trail (ORV)
- Best During:
- April to October
- Trip Distance:
- 14.3 miles (17 miles with side trip)
- Ride Time:
- 3 to 5 hours
- Elevation Gain:
- 1,956 feet
- Overall Rating:
- Elevation 400 feet. Head west on road C-5000 (to the left as you entered parking area). You can also follow the trail in the parking area up to this road if you want to skip the warm up period.
- Road C-5100 branches off to the left. Go right continuing on C-5000.
- Find trail #1 (North Rim Trail) on the right side of the road just after you cross the Potosi Creek Bridge. Turn right onto this trail.
- Just after crossing Waddell Creek you will pass the Middle Waddell Loop Trail. Continue up on the North Rim Trail #1.
- Reach road C-4700. Turn left.
- Trail #20 crosses road. The loop will continue to the left on trail #20. For a side trip that shouldn't be missed, unless running out of energy, then continue up road C-4700 for about .3 miles to a 3-way intersection. Go left and climb about 1 mile to the summit of Rock Candy Mountain (2,356 feet). Enjoy views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and the Olympics. When ready, head back down to trail #20 and continue the loop.
- Trail crosses road C-5000. Continue on trail.
- Trail intersection. Stay right on Mt. Molly-Porter Trail #3.
- Trail #30 joins trail #3 from the right. continue decending on #3.
- Trail forks. Stay left.
- Reach parking area. End of loop.
Department of Natural Resources
Central Area Office
1405 Rush Road
Chehalis, WA 98532
(800) 527-3305 (Select the Central Area Office from the phone menu options)
Mountain Bike Resource - Trails - Rock Candy Ride Summary
The suggest loop here is just on of many that exist in the 91,000 acres that make up the Capitol State Forest. Every trail in this park is open to mountain bikes. This ride is in the northern trail system which is made up of ORV trails. The southern trails for hikers and horses are often too muddy for mountain bikes but may be OK in late summer. During the wet winter months the trails are closed (except to hikers) usually form November 1st to March 31st. Dates vary depending on weather conditions so make sure to check with MBR for updates in the late Fall and early Spring before heading out.
Directions To Trailhead
From I-5 take exit #95 (about 8 miles south of Olympia). Head west towards the town of Littlerock for 3 miles. Continue straight through town until you reach a "T" intersection in .8 miles. Turn right heading north on Waddell Creek Road. Drive for 3.6 miles where you reach a 3-way intersection. Turn left and continue for 1.3 miles where the road will fork. Stay right on Noschka Road for .8 mile and park in the designated area.
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