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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Sportsmans Days in Naches

Sportsmans' Days provides a great time of community fellowship and fun which draws in visitors to Naches from around Central Washington - learn more


Dates for Free Entrances to National and State Parks

On designated days, entrance into Washington State Parks and National Parks is free ... see the list of dates for 2018.

Chinook Pass is Open

State Route 410 in Mount Rainier National Park opened this morning at 7:00 am. Road construction continues between milepost 64 and 64.5, near the junction with State Route 123 at Cayuse Pass. Travelers should expect 30 minute delays, with alternating one-way travel through the road construction site until late June.

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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.