Now that schools out it’s time to hit the open road in search of the perfect vacation spot. Lucky for you, you won’t have to go far.
The White Pass Scenic Byway is approximately 125 miles long, starting at Mary’s Corner (3 miles east of I-5 at Exit 68) and the intersection of US 12 and SR 410 at Naches. It is located in south central Washington State. The west portal to the byway is just south east of the communities of Centralia and Chehalis, and the east portal begins at Naches near Yakima in central Washington.
As you travel along the White Pass Scenic Byway it passes through small communities, resource lands, river valleys, foothills, and alpine county. The region surrounding the byway includes many privately-owned residential properties, agricultural, commercial properties as well as forestland, state parks, wildlife areas, the Gifford Pinchot, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, Mount Rainier National Park, Mt. St. Helens National Monument and Mount Adams Wilderness Area.
While the White Pass Scenic Byway is known as a beautiful drive, it offers many things to DO. The Byway offers amazing recreational opportunities all along the way from east to west, in every season. This is the perfect route for exploring Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mt Adams offering numerous hiking trails, camp sites & adventures along the way.
Put on your hiking boots, load your backpack (be sure to include your camera) and set out on an adventure. These trails offer the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Rocky Mountain Elk, Bald eagles, Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, Marmots, Spawning Salmon and Black Bear are just some of nature’s beauties you may discover.
Calling all anglers — take your pick — this Byway is loaded with boundless opportunities for some of the Northwest’s best fishing. From fly fishing for rainbow trout to reeling in large salmon, anglers are sure to hook their catch in these prized fishing waters. Camp at Mayfield or Riffe Lake to enjoy a day on the water, or troll the Cowlitz River, home to the best steelhead fishing in the state. Both the Barrier Dam and Blue Creek fishing access areas have sites developed for accommodating wheelchair-bound users. Beautiful lakes and rivers dot the Byway from one end to the other.
No matter what your preference of activities, you’ll find them along the Whitepass Scenic Byway.
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