chinook Scenic Byway in the State of WashingtonRecognized as the premier driving tour in Washington State, the Chinook Scenic Byway travels through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mount Rainier National Park. Experience the diverse landscape of the Central Cascades, from Enumclaw and the glacier-fed White River Valley to the west, up and over 5,430’ Chinook Pass, to the fertile valley of Naches to the east. Spectacular views of Mount Rainier, dense forests, towering peaks, rocky ridges and river canyons dominate this journey. Pass by the unique basalt flows of the Columbia Plateau, old growth forests, lush subalpine meadows, a world-class ski area and numerous streams, lakes and waterfalls. Not only will you find breathtaking scenery,
but endless opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation await.

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Chinook Pass is CLOSED for the Season

Through traffic over the Chinook Pass is closed due to high snowfall. Check the WSDOT Pass Report in May to see when the road will be opened. The targeted opening date is usually by Memorial Day, but depends on the progress of snow removal efforts.

Chinook Pass is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. Cayuse Pass is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and Stevens Canyon Road. 


Elk Feeding at Oak Creek

Once the snows fly in the Cascades, elk and bighorn sheet come down to the Oak Creek feeding station and it's quite a sight to see! Learn more about the feeding station and planning your trip there.

 

Norse Peak and American Ridge Fires Closure

Read about the road and access closures due to these ongoing fires. The closure order is in affect until May 2018.

 

Mount Rainier National Park Fee Increase Proposed

Mount Rainier

A major park fee increase proposal is just opening up for comment. It would increase Mt Rainier entrance fee to $70/car for the five-month peak period, and also make $75 annual Mt Rainier passes available, along with the standard $80 annual federal lands passes. It sounds like the formula for the percentage of fees that stay in the parks where they are generated won’t change, so it would mean an increase in funding for Rainier.

If you'd like to submit your comments - visit the NPS website.

Christmas Tree Cutting Permits

Christmas Tree Cutting permits available in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Visit this site for more information.

 

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Experience the Majesty of Mount Rainier
Experience the Majesty of Mt. Rainier
Mt. Rainier reigns over the mighty Cascade Mountains and has been the spiritual center and focus of local Native American culture for thousands of years.  Its majesty continues to touch the lives of all who visit today. The byway traverses the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park along the corridor between Naches and Enumclaw. The diverse landscape varies from the open views of talus and basaltic rock formations in the east to the dense forest and vegetative cover in the west.
Oak Creek Elk Viewing Station
Marvel at Washington's Wildlife
Wildlife and plant species abound in the woods and meadows of Mount Rainier National Park and the two surrounding National Forests that incorporate the Chinook Scenic Byway. Visitors to the Byway may see some of the 63 species of mammals that make areas of the Byway their home, including mountain goats, black bears, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, marmots, coyotes and ground squirrels. Birders won’t be disappointed—163 species of birds reside in the areas along the Byway, including owls, bald eagles and northern goshawks.
Mountain biking near Crystal Mountain
Explore the Byway's Trails
Spectacular views of waterfalls, wild rivers and mountaintops are accessible to visitors who explore the hundreds of miles of trails along the Chinook Scenic Byway. You can hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride; you can snowshoe, cross-country ski or snowmobile. You can backpack on trails for weeks in the wilderness areas along the Byway, or stay put alongside a high mountain lake. Discover perfect solitude or make perfect memories with your family along the Byway.