Rock Candy Mountain

A moderate hike of 5 miles round trip, gaining 1,700 ft elevation to a summit in the Capitol State Forest near Olympia. Enjoy unobstructed views north to the Olympics. The route follows maintained and way trails, along with a bit of abandoned and current road through second growth forest.

getting there

The Rock Candy Trailhead ( ft) is just south off of SR 8, ~5 miles from US 101 and ~15 miles from US 12.

on the trail

On a weekend summer day, you will share the trails with quads and bikes.  On a weekday, it's much quieter.  Either way, once off the high-use trails, it's rare to see anyone else.  Because of recent logging near the summit, views to the north are wide open.


  • 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: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • 2,356 ft
  • WA DNR Capitol State Forest
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