Explore small communities, river valleys, foothills, and alpine county including Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens.
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.
The byway is a tremendous tour in itself. But not far off the byway lie some of the state’s most beloved volcanoes, wild backcountry, historic locales, lakes, waterfalls…for starters. Learn more about Mt. St. Helens Windy Ridge, East Side Loop, Mt. St. Helens Johnston Ridge, DeGoede’s Bulb Farm, the Morton Depot and the Mt. Rainier Loop, Riffe Lake, Taidnapam Park and Mossyrock Dam, Cowlitz Valley Elk Habitat and more at the new White Pass Scenic Byway website.