General Description: Dirt bike riding at Rock Candy Mountain is open from May 1 to November 30. There are multiple options for dirt biking out of Rock Candy Mountain, including logging roads as well as trails ranging from easy to difficult. The roads are accessible all year long as well as trails for hikers and bike riders. Horses are not allowed at Rock Candy Mountain. Dogs are allowed on a leash. There are restroom facilities available along with lots of paved parking.
Trail Description: The loop begins at the parking lot and follows the well-maintained North Rim Trail into the woods. Continue along the wide trail to the junction with the Rock Candy Mountain Trail. For the loop, resist turning left and crossing over the bridge, and instead head right on the North Rim Trail and begin climbing up the mountainside. The trail steepens and switches back as it nears the top of Rock Candy Mountain, ultimately reaching a forest road known as Army Road. This is the highest point on this loop. Head left along Army Road to the Army Road Tie Trail and the shelter of the forest. Find the Rock Candy Mountain Trail almost immediately and follow it back to the trailhead. The trail ascends to an open summit with views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound.
Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Lots of paved parking. Free with Discover Pass
Notes: Cell service is not dependable. A toilet is available at the trailhead.
- Buzz’s Bar & Grill
- Bay Mercantile
- Summit Lake Grocery
- Discover Passes available here
- Annual – $35.00
- One-Day – $11.50
Driving Directions: From I-5 in Olympia, exit onto US 101 North. After 6 miles, merge onto US 8 for another 4.7 miles to Rock Candy Mountain Road. Turn left and proceed to the trailhead.