Kraus Ridge Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain1,594ft
Trailhead Elevation1,566ft
Elevation Min/Max1566/2327ft
Elevation Start/End1566/1566ft

Kraus Ridge Trail

Kraus Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 1,566 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,594 feet. This trail connects with the following: 2506-037.

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Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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"This low ridge overlooking the Cispus River lacks views, but bring binoculars anyway: birds and small critters can often be spotted in this mixed-age lowelevation forest. Although open to motorcycles part of the year, you’re far more likely to see the tracks of elk than those of tires. From the trailhead, ascend under towering Douglas firs. The canopy shades a panoply of woodland flowers: trillium, yellow wood violet, native raspberry, and calypso orchid. Below the trail grows a gully full of younger maples and hemlocks. Pass a small marsh and a few old-growth Douglas-firs bearing century-old fire scars. At 1 mile the grade switches from gentle to grueling, but know that your sweat will soon be rewarded with relaxing ridgeline walking." Read more

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails McCoy Peak 333
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Dec 2018