Trail #247A Oldgrowth Loop


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 accessible trail is open to hiker use only.

This loop trail takes off from Woods Creek Trail #247 (area is unavailable).  It is more difficult than the main loop. This destination offers secluded and shaded hiking. Expect a quiet setting with easy and quiet hiking.

The trail is a mix of native surfacing and compacted gravel. Grades increase to short sections of up to 20 percent. This loop takes hikers into an oldgrowth Douglas fir forest. From here, the trail drops back down into a mixed hardwood conifer forest, where it loops back to the beaver pond and ties back in with Trail #247.

This site is the premier wildlife viewing destination on the north end of the forest. There are interpretive signs detailing the animals and other things possibly seen along the trail. You may see beaver, elk, and lots of small mammals. Birds are plentiful.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 07/16/2020: Open, a Northwest Forest Pass is required.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: This trail is open to hiker and wheelchair use only.  Closed to all other uses.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: No pass required.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information

Directions: Trail is off of Woods Creek Trail #247.



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Picnic tables
Interpretive Site
Toilets Vault, locked in winter
Accessible Brush may limit access
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  Area/Length : 
1.0 miles

  Elevation : 
1100 - 1400