Walk Straight Through An Archeological Site At Layser Cave In Washington
You can spend an entire lifetime in Washington and never come close to seeing all its hidden treasures. For example, did you know that one of Washington’s most significant archeological sites wasn’t discovered until 1982? Layser Cave is still a hidden gem not many have heard of. But if you’re looking for a unique adventure, it’s worth discovering.
Layser Cave is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, not far from the town of Randle.
To reach it, just turn south on State Route 131 from State Route 12. After driving seven miles, make a left turn onto Spur Road No. 083. A sign then informs you that your destination is one-quarter mile ahead, but the road you turn on doesn't actually have a sign for Layser Cave until after you turn off.
This trail can be a bit tricky to find. It's worth it.
The easy trail is less than a half mile out-and-back, but it's certainly breathtaking.
The trail offers views of the Cispus Valley as well as Mount Adams, Tongue Mountain, and Juniper Ridge.
The interpretive signs discuss the Native Americans' history of hunting and gathering in the area.
Before you know it, you'll arrive at Layser Cave.
Upon its discovery, we learned of its extensive archaeological significance.
Animal bones and stone tools found in the cave have allowed archeologists to trace human history here back around 7,000 years.
Considering this amazing piece of history was only discovered 40 years ago, it's interesting to imagine that there's still a lot about this area we have yet to discover.
The cave is small, but it's safe to go inside and imagine what life was like here thousands of years ago.
The cave is only about 60 X 40 feet in size, but it holds many pieces of the past.
If you're ever in the Randle area, Layser Cave is definitely worth checking out.
Once you find the trailhead, the path is easy to follow.
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Layser Cave Trail Head & Parking, United States, Randle, WA 98377, USA