Ride Category: XC or cyclocross gravel road climb
Ride Type Ratio: 100% gravel road
Ride Distance: 11 miles up
Elevation Gain: Approximately +2000'
Ride Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours round trip
Trail head Directions: Take exit 95 off I-5. Follow Littlerock Road for a
few miles to the Waddell Creek Road intersection, turn right. Continue to the
next intersection, turn left onto Sherman Valley Rd, continue to the next
intersection with C-Line and Noschka road, park here.
Route Description: Take Noschka road until it ends, turn left up C-8000,
take C-8000 up about to the intersection with C-4000, take C-4000 up to
the large intersection at the base of Capitol Peak and turn left up through the
yellow gate to the south towers at the top.
Ride Summary: This climb starts with a short up, then traverses and
gradually climbs to the intersection with C-4000, it is flat here then turns uphill
to "The Wall", the steepest most sustained dirt road climb in The Forest, a real
puker. It flattens out again, then a short climb up to the Capitol Peak towers
for another classic view of Larch Mountain and the Olympics to the north,
Cascade volcanoes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to west.