Ride Category: XC or cyclocross gravel road climb
Ride Type Ratio: 100% gravel road
Ride Distance: 7 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,
then another left, through a yellow gate up C-8200, take C-8200 until it turns
into road C-4500/Mt Molly Loop trail and meets up with C-4000, take a left
on 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 gets steep for another
classic puker, then flattens out and traverses to the intersection with C-4000,
then turns uphill to "The Wall", the steepest most sustained 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.