Trail #275 Kraus Ridge


A map depicting trails in the Randle area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

Randle area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include:  
Camp Creek Falls Trail #260
Iron Creek Campground
Kraus Ridge Trail #275

Layser Cave Trail #290

Purcell Lookout Trail #285
Tower Rock Campground
Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Trail #247

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail is open to motorcycles, hikers, horses and bicycles.

This 4.4 mile trail follows Kraus Ridge through dense old growth and offers views of the Cispus River Valley and Tower Rock.

Beginning on Forest Road 2306, this trail crosses Forest Road 2506 and ends on Forest Road 2506.037. The trail was named after William Kraus, a prospector and homesteader in the area before 1905. It is usually a good early season hike.

Special Conditions: Closed to motorized use from December 1 to April 1.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/17/2021: The Kraus Ridge Trail #275 will be temporarily open for normal use beginning May 18, 2021. Logging operations will commence again in June. The trail may be temporarily closed at this time for public safety until logging operations have been completed. Please continue to check here for updates. This is part of the Judd Thin Timber Sale.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Closed to motorized use from December 1 to April 1.  Closed to ATV use.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


Trail is off Forest Road 2306 and ends on Road 2506.037.

From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Follow Forest Road 23 for about 4.5 miles. Go right on Forest Road 2306 and follow for less than a mile to the trail access.



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  Area/Length : 
4.4 miles

  Elevation : 
1600' - 2300'


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