Little Larch Mountain

A moderate 4-mile hike in the Capitol Forest near Olympia. The trail is open to hikers, bikes, and dogs.

getting there

Take the Black Lake Blvd exit off of US 101, turn left at the light and drive 3.5 miles  where the road becomes 62nd Ave SW. Continue 0.7 mile, turn left onto Delphi Rd SW, and in 2.1 miles bear right onto Waddell Creek Rd SW. In 2.7 miles, continue straight on Sherman Valley Rd. In 1.3 miles, it becomes the C-Line Road. Drive for 2.5 miles, turn left onto Road C-6000, and continue 1.6 miles to an unmarked trailhead on the left just before the bridge over Fall Creek (550 ft).

on the trail

After an initial climb, the trail flattens to a cutover with opportunity to observe a regenerating forest.  In the spring and early summer this area blooms with wildflowers. The trail re-enters the forest and continues climbing.  After crossing a logging road the trails reaches the 1,340-foot summit. At 2 miles are a bench and railing with a view over the Waddell Creek Valley.


  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size.  Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, can be found here.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft
  • 1,340 ft
  • WA DNR Capitol State Forest
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