Interpretive Site: Layser Cave

Area Status: Open

A short 0.25 mile walk on Layser Cave Trail #290 takes you to the entrance of Layser Cave, one of the most significant archaeological sites in western Washington. Animal bones and stone tools found on the floor of the cave and buried in the soil layers enabled experts to piece together a history of more than 7,000 years.There is a 1/4 mile access trail to the site that is fairly easy.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/14/2022: Trail is accessible. Road to trailhead is steep and may have some minor hazards, travel with caution. Due to elevation this site will be inaccessible due to snow in winter/spring. Contact Cowlitz Valley Ranger District for more information. 360-497-1103.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


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. Continue to follow Forest Road 23 for about 7 miles to spur road 083. Turn left on Forest Road 083. The hard to find trailhead is on a sharp turn that goes up and to the left.

Follow Layser Trail #290 0.25 miles to the cave site.

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