Known as the gateway to recreation in the Central Cascades, the natural and pristine White Pass Scenic Byway winds through the forests of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier National Park before ascending to the arid landscape of Eastern Washington. This diverse geographic range offers visitors an unlimited playground for camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, boating and wildlife watching. In the summertime, this area buzzes with activity as visitors enjoy the rivers, lakes, forests, and trails from their basecamps. Early fall can be the best season for hiking, as trails are snow-free and sub-alpine vegetation begins to change color. Winter time brings visitors to the byway to enjoy the White Pass Ski Area, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing.