Camped near trailhead on White pass late Friday night in our car and started hiking about 8:30 am the next day. Chinook Pass - Naches WA Real Estate. Drop one car at Chinook Pass, drive approximately 45 minutes to White Pass and start hiking from there. Thanks. It's the most scenic--unfolding and becoming more spectacular each day, and you won't be hiking with the sun in your eyes. Glad we did our shuttle the night before we started hiking because there were still parking spots available at Chinook pass Friday evening. we did a 6 mile stretch. Great hike with beautiful scenery. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from May until November. We had a short third day to get up to Chinook pass. The mosquitos were terrible between White Pass and Bumping River. Explore the east end of the White Pass Scenic Byway and discover the dramatic and rugged beauty of this wilderness area. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Seattle, WA 98104. 441 Rock Creek Rd, Naches, WA 98937. Chinook Scenic Byway (east of Chinook Pass) The further east I traveled the less densely wooded the terrain became and more typical of Eastern Washington. Felt good after a long day. we had doused ourselves in deep but it was like an appetizer to our bodies. Commercial vehicle traffic is prohibited on SR 123 and SR 410 through 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. Commercial vehicles are allowed on US 12 White Pass. Spend time touring spectacular Mt. White Pass to Chinook Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail The Pacific Crest Trail crosses highway 123 at White Pass and runs north for almost 30 miles to Chinook Pass at highway 410. Hiking Chinook-to-White is significantly easier as there is a net elevation loss in that direction. The trek from White Pass to Chinook Pass is beautiful enough to instill a sense of appreciation for the PCT, but short enough to be over before the pain and blisters really have a chance to kick in.We recommend traveling from south to north (starting at White Pass, ending at Chinook Pass), because in this direction the scenery will get more spectacular as you go. The climb up to the Two Lakes area gives little shade and covered up due to the mosquitos in full sunshine made for a hot day. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Maybe we were getting used to them but on the climb out to Chinook pass it definitely got better. Lots of people wearing masks which was probably most effective for the very dusty trails. All camp sites were snow free so didn’t have to camp on snow throughout the trail section. Rainier National Park at the summit of US HWY 12, a national scenic byway. See more ideas about scenic byway, scenic, rainier. White Pass, also known as the Dead Horse Trail, (elevation 873 m or 2,864 ft) is a mountain pass through the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains on the border of the U.S. state of Alaska and the province of British Columbia, Canada.It leads from Skagway, Alaska, to the chain of lakes at the headwaters of the Yukon River, Crater Lake, Lake Lindeman, and Bennett Lake My sister, Audrey, agreed to hike in three miles and spend the first night with me. Only a few people were camped there which was nice. My son and I busted it out in a day and a half. Drive to the White Pass Campground and Pacific Crest Trail trailhead on State Route 12. This is an excellent hike to introduce someone to longer-distance backpacking as the elevation gain is spread out over such a long distance. We spent the first night at the horse camp a mile short of Bumping River. 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. White Pass can be accessed from US 12, but not SR 123. White Pass to Chinook Pass Snow is melting fast with patches above 5200’. Spectacular views of Mount Rainier, dense forests, towering peaks, rocky ridges and river canyons dominate this journey. Everything dried from the rain. Can you tell me if we need NW Forest Passes for the parking areas? Warm enough to swim in! Just 15 miles off the byway, via the White River entrance (a $15 fee per car is required), is the scenic drive to the park’s Sunrise Visitor Center, the mountain’s highest elevation (6,400 feet) accessible by car. White Pass Ski Area, 48935 US Hwy 12, White Pass, WA 98937. The trek starts through wildflower meadows, ponds, and small lakes – and then, about halfway thr… revised by Andy Stepniewski. Witness unique geologic formations and awe-inspiring views on the Chinook Scenic Byway. Jul 21, 2020 10:42 AM, Washington Trails Association Anderson Lake, just inside Rainier National Park, makes for a stellar final camp. Jul 21, 2020 01:33 PM, Christo Pher Witness unique geologic formations and awe-inspiring views on the Chinook Scenic Byway. Flowers just starting to come out with Avalanche lilies and Glacier lilies just beyond peaking. overall they were definitely not bad compared to what I’ve heard. The turn off to the trailhead isn’t well marked so make sure you write it down before you leave because we didn’t have cell reception that night. Homes for You Price (High to Low) Price (Low to High) Newest Bedrooms Bathrooms Square Feet Lot Size. Along the White Pass Scenic Byway, see alpine lakes, watch elk herds But the weather was great and there was only one spot that had a little bit of snow at Chinook. Thanks for the report! Wanting to do this in August. The trail head is between Leach Lake and the Horse camp. This section of trail is perfect for a two day overnight hike. About 14 miles in you really start a lot of climbing but the trail is maintained pretty well. During seasonal closures, Crystal Mountain can be accessed from Enumclaw on SR 410, but not from the east side of Chinook Pass. For sale by owner. The second night at Anderson Lake the mosquitos were almost tolerable. on Jul 21, 2020 10:41 AM. View a table of opening and closing dates since 1935 Chinook and Cayuse passes by-the-numbers. 2 results. Chinook Pass, at an elevation of 5430 feet (1656 m.) marks the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park along SR-410. Both byways provide incredible opportunities for experiencing the area’s beauty – a photographer’s dream come true. on Sort by: Newest. This hike … We passed Snow Lake, but a mile before Fish Lake was a bridge over a steam and we camped there. The northern side of the Naches loop trail is still mostly snow covered but with the high traffic of day hikers the path is well boot tracked. WHITE PASS to CHINOOK PASS: This 25.6-mile leg traverses meadows dotted with lakes to the Cascade Crest for pin-up views of Mts. Hot. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. It is still a very popular area for backcountry telemark skiing and snowboarding from May to July. Explore the east end of the White Pass Scenic Byway and discover the dramatic and rugged beauty of this wilderness area. We purchased some equipment, figured out where to borrow big ticket items and went on a ton of prep hikes. on Most of the views start coming after mile 17 but in the first half of the trip there are some pretty meadows and small alpine lakes. Starting at Chinook Pass eliminates the big climb out of Dewey Lake and the very significant climb out of the Bumping River bottom. White Pass to Chinook Pass. It is approximately 45 minutes drive to the White Pass Campground. For over a year, Andrew and I talked and planned a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Chinook Pass to White Pass. Well marked with restrooms. Thanks for the review. Have one but we will have two cars. Not sure as we had someone drop us off and pick us up on either end. 2nd night at Anderson Lake. Rainier National Park. On average maintenance crews clear over 30 miles of snow on the two passes. The Naches Ranger District encompasses approximately 518,000 acres and extends from the near the town of Naches to the crest of the Cascades in the William O. Douglas, Norse Peak, Goat Rocks Wilderness and White Pass areas. Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass is a 44.3 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. But to get to Chinook Pass, which borders Mount Rainier National Park to the east, I still needed to hike the roughly 30 mile section of the PCT from White Pass, where Nathan and I had left the trail. Great trip. If mosquitos like you, bring bug spray. beautiful, but the mosquitoes were voracious!! September 4-Thursday-Easy TwentyA night in a motel at White Pass for resupply and recuperation was perfect, but could have been longer. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from May until November. Beautiful flowers, great views if weather holds (day 2 was all clouds for us), and a great adventure across the wilderness. We forded Bumping river at 9:00am with the water nearly knee deep but tranquil. The White Pass trail head is about a half mile east of the White Pass Ski area on Highway 12. The mosquitoes were horrendous. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We had the trail all to ourselves except for the mosquitos that were rather aggressive. $600,000. Only water supply until mile 12 are lakes at this time of year. First day stopped 12 or so miles down. Beginning 17 miles west of Yakima at an intersection with US-12, the seasonal Chinook Pass Highway (SR-410) ascends northwest, then west, following the Naches, Bumping, and American Rivers to beautiful Chinook Pass, an eastern access to Mount Rainier National Park. Class of 2014, Northbound, Thru-hiker. Lots of good camping sites. I do believe a NW forest pass is required as this is national forest. There were quite a few downed trees throughout the trail but with nearly all only needing a short detour or a walk over. With the state government plans to no longer keep Chinook Pass open during the winter months and the opening of White Pass Ski Area, lift skiing ended. The Chinook Pass Scenic Byway traverses the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, a true Washington wonderland. The warm weather is allowing the snow to finally melt down. Jim Nilsen SR-410 Chinook Pass is closed for the season due to adverse road and weather conditions. Spectacular views of Mount Rainier, dense forests, towering peaks, rocky ridges and river canyons dominate this journey. zero Pacific Crest Trail: Chinook Pass to White Pass is a 27.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Second day we pushed to Dewey lake for a lunch stop and cold dip in the lake before another climb up to Chinook pass. In the few areas that you couldn’t see the trail, mainly getting up to the Laughingwater creek trail and just beyond, it was well boot tracked. By Ken Harris (PCT) September 5, 2014. Snow is melting fast with patches above 5200’. Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass is a 27.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Eastbound traffic is closed at milepost 57, Crystal Mountain Boulevard, 12 miles west of the summit. Got a late start on Friday and finished it Saturday around five. Hike 4 miles and 600 feet gain on this view-filled hike south from Chinook Pass around the Naches Peak loop, with views across Dewey Lake to Mount Rainier. Jul 21, 2020 08:24 AM. Christo Pher Stay and play in Packwood - 20 miles west of the summit or in Yakima, 50 miles east of the summit, or stay right here at the White Pass Village Inn! The trailhead at Chinook Pass off Highway 410 is just on the east side of the pass on the north side of the road. Mar 1, 2016 - The Chinook Pass Scenic Byway runs from the rolling fields of Enumclaw west of the Cascades to the Naches Valley east of the range. on 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Christo Pher on White Pass to Chinook Pass. No snow on or near trail at this point. zero It is strongly recommended that you go south to north. Plus, this way the sun won’t be in your eyes. Well over 100 bites each. GoHike Hiking Trip - 3-6 miles, <1,000 feet gain - Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass. This is an excellent section of the PCT I did several years ago take your time, enjoy the scenery. Westbound traffic is closed at milepost 74.5 Morse Creek, 5 miles east of the summit. Jul 21, 2020 01:29 PM. Nor'easter for the Northeast; Fire Weather Conditions Continue for Southern California. IN THE YAKIMA-WHITE PASS-CHINOOK PASS AREA Name Rainier plugs and dikes Tatoosh pluton Daci te porphyry Bumping Lake breccia Bumping Lake granite Rimrock Lake intrusives Tieton dike swarm Pre-Tatoosh intrusives Cowlitz chimneys Indian Creek gneiss and amphibolite Characteristics Olivine andesite plugs and radial dikes on Mount Rainier. Located 12 miles Southeast of Mt. Hiked with my 17yr old. Once we started to climb they didn't seem as bad but there were still plenty bothersome. Tidy Camper did a … After that, I … Wintery conditions and severe avalanche risk keep Chinook Pass closed from November to May. I turned onto Hwy 12, the White Pass Scenic Byway, just before the town of Naches. Beautiful trail, lots of mosquitoes until you climb Crake Mountain and then they calm down significantly. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Along the way, this two lane pass wraps around the northeastern flank of iconic Mount Rainier. The trail merged with Naches peak loop hike which is a very popular hike and there were tons of people on it as expected for a holiday weekend during a pandemic. This can through-hiked in either direction—White -to-Chinook or Chinook-to-White. by Andy Stepniewski and Hal Opperman. SECTION CONTENT CHINOOK PASS HIGHWAY. Spent the second night at Anderson Lake. If hiking thru to Chinook Pass, leave one car here. In the few areas that you couldn’t see the trail, mainly getting up to the Laughingwater creek trail and just beyond, it was well boot tracked. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. We anticipated doing a three day trip but found the first day wasn’t too difficult and made it 16 miles in to crag lake. The White Pass Scenic Byway skirts the park to the south, while the Chinook Byway passes through the park to the north. Myself and some friends took a 3 day hike from White Pass to Chinook Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail in mid August 2016. On our final prep hike, we … Did the mosquitoes die down any after reaching the bumping river trail, or did they persist all the way to Chinoook? St. Helens and Rainier. A powerful Nor'easter, first of the winter season, is expected to roll-up the Northeastern Seaboard and impact the region with a number of hazards this weekend. Rainier National Park. Dogs are also able to use this trail. on Spend time touring spectacular Mt. Heather and paintbrush just starting to bud. Taking White Pass to Chinook was a lot of fun. Lots of water sources dri3s up in th3 middle s3ction. 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