The Peterman Ridge unit is the largest on the Cowlitz Wildlife Area, with 6,840 acres south of Morton. It is managed for the pileated woodpecker (a sensitive species), black-tailed deer, and Douglas squirrels. Its forested wetland areas on Peterman Ridge also provide habitat for beaver, amphibians and other wetland- dependent species. Wildlife use throughout the unit is diverse, including elk, black bear, cougar, grouse, and turkey.
Birds of Prey
How to Get
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From I-5: Head east on Highway 12 (27.3mi), Turn right onto Highland Valley Road (404ft), Continue on Peterman Hill Road (0.9mi), Turn left into trailhead parking lot.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking at trailhead Restrooms at trailhead
Other Information Vehicular traffic may be restricted during periods of high fire risk.
There is approximately 10 miles of multiuse trail. The trail is composed of single track trail connecting forest roads. A variety of habitats and species can be found on this 6,855 acre unit -- the largest unit on the Cowlitz Wildlife Area. There are trout fishing opportunities on this unit as well.
Logging traffic is possible throughout the year so caution is advised. This is also a popular location for fall big game hunts so non-hunting users should take appropriate precautions.