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.

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

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