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 Open!

The pass opened on June 9th for through travel from Enumclaw to Naches. Check the WSDOT Pass Reports if you have any questions about travel conditions on the pass.

Construction Plans for Summer 2017

WSDOT and the National Park have announced their construction plans for Summer 2017. Plan ahead to reduce travel disruptions. Learn more Note also the traffic alert for the lane closure near Skookum Falls.

Free Access to Federation Forest State Park - June 3rd and June 10th

Free access to Washington State Parks - for National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day! Learn more

Ten of the Best American Scenic Byways

Chinook Scenic Byways is featured in Trip Reporter's "Ten of the Best American Scenic Byways" article.

Corridor Management Plan Launched

The effort of many years of work, the Chinook Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan was released at the Annual Meeting in September 2016. Learn more about the Corridor Management Plan


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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.