Elevation: ranges 883 – 2771 ft
Snow Free: Year-round
Trailhead Pass: none required
GPS Waypoints: Trailhead: 46.5410412, -122.4109348

New trails have been created for the enjoyment of many outdoor enthusiasts.   On 6,840 acres, 20 miles of multi-use trails have been opened in 2018 for hikers, bike riders and horseback riders. The area habitat is low elevation (1,550-2,450 feet) forested, wetland areas. Trees, ferns, lowland plants make for green vegetation every step of the way. Peterman Ridge, also known as Peterman Hill is located southwest of Morton, one mile off US HWY 12, the White Pass Scenic Byway. This is a pristine wildlife area for both large and small animals and is considered a birding hotspot! The trail is single track, connecting forest roads making for good loop trips. There are color-coded signposts to mark the trails so it is easy to find your way. The area has become a favorite for horseback riding with ample parking for up to 10 horse trailers, hitching posts and vault toilets at the trailhead. The trails are popular year-round for hikers, bikers, and hunters. Take precautions during hunting season. Logging trucks on area roads may be encountered. No pass required.

Getting There

The Peterman Ridge Unit is located southwest of Morton in Lewis County. Take the Highland Valley Road south from US Hwy 12 and drive 1 mile to the trailhead.

Additional Information

The Peterman Unit is one of 10 units managed by the WDFW in the Cowlitz Wildlife Area.

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