Cowlitz Valley Vicinity

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The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District is located in the Northern most portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, and comprises 575,000 acres of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O Douglass Wilderness. Major River Drainages include the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz, and the Cispus River. 

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Current office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office is closed from noon to 1:00 pm. for lunch. The office is closed for most national holidays. 
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General Information


Directions: The Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station is located on the south side of US Highway 12 in Randle.  It’s not hard to miss.

Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station

10024 US Highway 12,
PO Box 670
Randle, Washington 98377

District Ranger: Gar Abbas

Phone: (360) 497 1100
Phone/TTY: (360) 497 1101

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General Notes:

Area Description: The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District is roughly located among three volcanic peaks: Mt. Rainier to the north, Mt. Adams to the east, and Mt. St. Helens to the west. A line connecting Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens following the Boundary Trail makes up the southern boundary. On clear days this trail affords spectacular views.

Attractions: Nearby towns include Packwood, Glenoma, Morton and Ashford. Nearby attractions include Mt. Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens National Monument. The District is two hours south of Seattle, a little over two hours north of Portland and three hours from the Pacific Ocean. The district has numerous campgrounds and over 500 miles of trails for a wide variety of users.

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