Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Current walk-up window hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday-Friday. Call hours Monday - Friday 8 am -4 pm. Permit sales window is open at the annex on the east side building Mon- Thursday 7:30-4:00 pm The office is closed for most national holidays. The Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station is located on the south side of US Highway 12 in Randle, just west of the school.
10024 US Highway 12, Randle, Washington 98377
This area is located in the Northern most portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Southwest Washington, and comprises about 575,000 acres of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Cowlitz Valley area is located among three volcanic peaks: Mt. Rainier to the north, Mt. Adams to the east, and Mt. St. Helens to the west.
Nearby towns include Packwood, Randle, Glenoma, Morton and Ashford. The area has numerous campgrounds and over 500 miles of trails for a wide variety of users. Cowlitz Valley Ranger District manages four Wilderness areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O Douglass Wilderness. Major Rivers include the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz, and the Cispus River.