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Little Larch

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Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 70' 21 m
Descent: -695' -212 m
High: 1,299' 396 m
Low: 617' 188 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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A popular flow trail with optional routes.

Eric Ashley

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The Capitol State Forest is a multi-use trail network and an ongoing logging area. Expect traffic in both directions and yield to hikers and equestrian riders some trails are also open to motor vehicles. This is a large forest with many trails and roads. Cell service is poor and navigation can be difficult.

Overview

Little Larch is the newest, and easily the most ridden trail at Capitol State Forest. This purpose-built trail features lots of flow with fun pumps and berms, and the occasional jump.

Description

Starting off of the Road C-6000 Spur, Little Larch winds its way up to a small kiosk before beginning on a flowy descent. Little Larch has a few optional routes spread throughout the trail, the first of which is an optional left onto a long log ride for a more challenging and faster bypass. A few turns later there is a road crossing marking the transition into the middle section of the trail.

A stump-pinch-point directly after the road crossing can be a bit unsettling. Fortunately the next few turns are level and will help you regain your composure before feeding into a steeper section. There is a less difficult route to the left, but most riders will opt for the steeps here. Either way, both routes come back together for a series of tight berms that give way to a winding path through the woods. The last optional route comes up quick with a steep roll to the left or a milder path to the right.

The bottom section of the trail gets noticeably level as it enters the clear cut. It can be difficult to keep up good speed, especially if you pushed your fitness higher up on the trail. The flatter grade is particularly noticeable on a few small tabletops which are under-appreciated because of the lack of speed. After the clearcut, Little Larch heads back into the woods for some rolling elevation and a few mild roots. This pedally section comes to an end on an eroded chute that ends near the road below.

History & Background

Little Larch was completed in 2013 by the Friends of Capitol Forest (FOCF) as the first purpose-built mountain bike trail in Capitol Forest. FOCF is in the process of building a singletrack climbing route to the top of Little Larch to avoid having to climb on the C-6000 road.

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Nov 8, 2018
Ryan Buller
Sep 14, 2018
Chad Powers
With Isaac Flores
Aug 17, 2017
Matt Rich
parked at the end of little larch and rode up the gravel road. pedaled hard and felt great to reach the top. a little rainy and they must have do... 4mi
Jun 16, 2017
Matthew Catudio

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  4.4 from 12 votes

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  4.4 from 12 votes
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Photos

Alexander McGuinnis navigates a slippery log ride on Little Larch.
Oct 1, 2015 near Rochester, WA
Scott Kemp flows down Little Larch during the Cascadia Dirt Cup.
Sep 22, 2016 near Rochester, WA
The middle section of Little Larch is fast and flowy with a touch of steeps and tech.
Sep 22, 2016 near Rochester, WA
Watch out for the stump-pinch-point right after the first road crossing on Little Larch.
Sep 22, 2016 near Rochester, WA

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