Mileage: 1/4 mile RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 100ft/2400ft
Map: Green Trails McCoy Peak 333
Favorite Eats After Hike: This is a Pack A Cooler hike.
5/29/2016 On our way home from Juniper Ridge we stopped by here to see what this short little trail had to offer. My friend was looking for a hike she could take her mom and aunt on later.
The trail is definitely short and starts downhill. A little ways in it Ys and makes a loop. To the right is the cave and to the left is a view point looking out across the valley to Juniper Ridge where we had stood earlier that day! There were historical markers along the way that told of the history of the area and mountains in the distance. The cave was actually pretty cool, even if it’s not too very big. Perfect for little ones to explore.
Directions: From SR 12 in Randle, turn south on State Route 131 (signed Mount St. Helens). At 1 mile, turn left onto the Cispus Road (Forest Service Road 23). In 7 miles, watch for a road on the left (Spur Road No. 083). There will be a sign for Layser Cave one-quarter mile up the road after you turn off. The TH is a short ways up on a hairpin curve that goes up and to the left. The TH is on the right and there is a set of stairs (see pictures). The parking is on the left and weirdly designed, more like a shoulder and not easy to pull into.