Recognized 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.
View incredible 360° photos taken along the Byway
If you see tagged butterflies in the mountains this summer, please report the sightings for Butterfly Safari Project through Cowiche Canyon Conservancy which is tracking their migration from CCC’s Snow Mountain Ranch Preserve to the Cascades and back.
June 2013 Recreation Report from the Naches Ranger Station
Governor Jay Inslee signs the bill authorizing the extension of Chinook Scenic Byway to Enumclaw's city limits - read more
2013 Events Along the Byway