Located southwest of Olympia in the Black Hills of Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, the 110,000-acre Capitol State Forest is both a timber-producing forest and a popular recreation destination. Like many of the forests DNR manages, the lands in Capitol State Forest are trust lands managed to provide sustainable revenue in support of schools, state universities and local county public services.
MedWAR NW 2019 will be held out of the Fall Creek Campground & Trailhead near the east side of the park, easily accessible from I-5.
SeaTac International Airport (SEA) is located approximately 70 miles north of Capitol State Forest. It takes approximately 1.5 hours by vehicle without traffic from SeaTac to our race location.
From I-5 SB (Seattle): Follow I-5 S to the US-101 N/Black Lake Blvd SW exit, then head West on US-101 N for 1.3 miles, to Black Lake Blvd. Continue south on Black Lake Blvd SW for 3.6 miles, continue onto 62nd Ave SW for 0.7 miles, then turn left on Delphi Rd SW heading South for another 2.2 miles. Continue south by taking a right on to Waddell Creek Road for 2.7 miles. From Waddell Creek Road continue west on Sherman Valley Road. At the intersection of Noschka Road go west on C-Line Road 3.3 miles. Turn left on C-6000 Road and go south 2.5 miles. Trailhead is on right.
From I-5 NB (Portland): From Exit 95, head west on WA-121 S/Maytown Rd SW. Continue on Maytown Rd SW for 2.9 miles then continue on 128th Ave SW for another 0.8 miles. Turn right on Waddell Creek Rd SW for 4.1 miles then turn continue west on Sherman Valley Road. At the intersection of Noschka Road go west on C-Line Road 3.3 miles. Turn left on C-6000 Road and go south 2.5 miles. Trailhead is on right.
Carpooling & Parking:
There is a parking lot inside the park near the trailhead which will be limited and open to the public. The race is held in the State Forest so every vehicle will also need a visible Discover Pass.
As such we strongly recommend carpooling to the race.
Fall Creek Campground is available to MedWAR NW participants for the nights of Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th.
$10 per team. Available by reservation during race registration.
Drive-in campsites, limited to 1 site per team.
Picnic tables, metal fire rings, hand pumped water, toilet on premises.
No showers, potable water, hook-ups, or garbage service.
Dogs are allowed in Capitol Forest but must be kept on leash.
Enjoy a campfire in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Always check for burn restrictions before lighting a campfire. Please purchase firewood near your campsite to protect the forest from invasive species.
Alternate campgrounds available at other areas in the park. More information at www.dnr.wa.gov/Capitol.
For your safety and the safety of the wildlife, please follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace.