This ride covers everything from steep, traction controlled climbs to fast, flowy downhill and everything in between. Greenline #6
(the DH), can easily be shuttled, or the more difficult Crestline Trail
can be skipped by riding the dirt roads from Wedekind Trail
to GL6. There are so many options in this loop and in Capitol State Forest itself that you can customize your ride to your day. (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance states CF as having 166 miles of singletrack and 575 miles of dirt road - evergreenmtb.org/trails/cap...
There are many road crossings and, if you take roads, intersections but the trails are very well marked - name, usage, etc.
Start at the Fall Creek trailhead, empty out at the pit toilet, and head out on the trail next to the trail map in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Follow it to a 4 way intersection and hang a left. From there, the trail is very well marked. At mile 4.4 there is an option to go right on the Greenline #6
connector. This is merely a shortcut to a point about 1/3 of the way down GL6.
If you feel your legs can handle the climb, continue on. Follow the signs for Wedekind Trail
until you reach a road at around 6.3 miles and 1850'. From there, continue across the road and to the right (don't take the Porter Trail directly and obviously in front of you) and look for the entrance to Crestline Trail
. If you reach a dirt parking area beyond the intersection, you've gone too far.
starts with a steep, loose climb that will test your traction control but mellows out into some fun, swoopy XC riding. The trail crosses roads often and is easily picked up on the other side. There is a confusing 4 way intersection around mile 8.0. In front of you'll be 3 roads. Choose the center road, follow it for no more than a football field and look up and to your left.
heads into the woods again here. There are two short, very steep, heart popper hills (see if you can make it to the top of the 2nd one and get over the root without dabbing!) followed by some extra fun, flowy downhill that will lead you into a short techy section (those of you riding short travel be cautious your first time down) and back onto the road at the top of Greenline #6
starts just to the south of where Crestline Trail
drops you on the road. High speed straights flow into quick, steep switchbacks that can be quite loose in dry conditions. Again, follow all signs labeled Greenline #6
. To following GL6 is to follow the path of least resistance when it comes to intersections. This helps the fun and flow factor a ton. After the initial switchbacks, you'll come to another drier and looser switchback section known as Tokyo Drift.
Following this will be some traversing and clear cut before you enter back into the forest onto the section known as Roots of Fury, followed soon by The Luge. After some twists and turns you'll hang a hard right at mile 15.6 and cross a bridge heading back to the parking lot. Continue straight through the first intersection you come to (taking a left will bring you to Fall Creek Campground) and continue straight through the first 4 way intersection you encountered when you started your ride. A few more quick swoops and you're back to the parking lot.