Capitol Forest Trails Summit
Recently the Mountain bike community of the South Sound gathered as a collective to hold a summit on the future of mountain biking in the Capitol State forest. As many of you may (or may not!) know, after years of back and forth with our local DNR, Friends of Capitol Forest and the mountain bike community as a whole were granted permission to construct a series of trails through out Capitol Forest, with a primary focus on advanced ability trails and user conflict mitigation. With everything from advanced downhill trails to alternate-congestion-reliving climbing trails and parking lot expansions our forest is in for a big change.... for the better!
Two different generations of MTB work horses. Dave (right) is the man who instigated this project more almost a decade ago, pressing for more MTB specific trails in and around the forest, and has continued to lead the charge all the way until now. And Andrew (Left) the man who has invested more time as of late then anyone else scouting locations, organizing work parties (and lending his house for our G420 trails summit). And accepting the torch on the soon to be Capitol Forest DH trail.
It was great to see the turn out that we had for this, with multiple local bike shops represented, community organizers and some of the old guard as well as the new there is no question that the peoples opinions were represented. Working long into the sunset the group ran their way through the agenda, designated tasks and project heads, and made a significant amount of head way into the project.
If the assortment of bikes that showed up is any indication of the wide rider base that has a stake in Capitol Forest then I think we're in for a good time.
As the night went on the board filled up with names and contacts for people to get involved.
The level of community support represented in clothing alone was impressive! Everyone was doing their best to show off what they love.
As the conversation tapered the night turned into a great hang out/mini ramp session until all ends of the evening
Mini ramps are exhausting
Thanks for the hospitality Andrew!
1/21/2019 07:01:48 am
I heard that Capitol Forest Trails Summit is one of the hardest trails to reach. That's why when I heard that you are coming up with the said plan, I felt a bit nervous knowing that the journey will not be easy! But you guys did not train for nothing, so I bet you are all prepared. Besides, it is an extensions of your personality to always do extreme things, so I can definitely assume that you will def great. The summit might be hard to reach, but nothing is impossible!
5/27/2020 03:23:15 am
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8/20/2022 07:38:26 am
Capitol Forest Trails Summit is a 3-mile round trip. The trail begins at the front of the Capitol Forest and ends at the back of the trail. The trail has many scenic views of the city and it connects to other trails in Capitol Forest.The trail is easy to navigate, but it can be very muddy when it rains. To prevent your shoes from getting wet, wear waterproof shoes or boots instead of regular sneakers.
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