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Fall Friendly Activities Along the Byway

A journey along the White Pass Scenic Byway offers up an abundance of opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation before the winter snowfall sets in. Consider mushroom hunting in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest or kayaking on Dog Lake. Maybe rafting the Tieton River, or  taking a hike from Ohanapecosh Visitor Center to the Grove of the Patriarchs. You will discover some of the best places for quiet, peaceful tranquility during the the dog days of autumn. A drive to Mt. Saint Helens at Windy Ridge can be a spectacular Sunday outing. Better yet, find a place to stay and make it a weekend adventure. We have lots of accommodations where you can relax with friends and family.  Pet friendly options and kid friendly vacation rentals make this the perfect outing away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You will want to return every season of the year.
Calling all Events and Happenings for Fall
  • Oktoberfest at Packwood Community Hall: September 29 - 30
  • Mt. Rainier National Park & Washington State Parks Fee Free Day: September 30
  • Jackson House State Park Heritage Site Open House: October 6
  • Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival: October 6 - 8
  • Mossyrock Oktoberfest Dinner and Dance: October 7
            • East Lewis County Hospital Foundation Dinner Auction:           October 7
  • Packwood Fall Arts and Crafts Fair: October 7 - 8
  • Onalaska Mason Jar Gathering Barn Bazaar: October 13-14
  • Dog Lake Marathon and Half Marathon: October 14
  • Morton Roxy Theater's Autumn Music Fest: October 15
  • Morton Roxy Theater's Psycho Fright Night Bite: October 22
See Events Calendar  for additional information
Around the Region  
Road and Trail Updates

US Hwy 12 - Detour: September 18 - Nov 11 Both Directions of US Hwy 12 from Milepost 159-168, near Tieton Reservoir on east side of White Pass, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add 30 minutes to your travel plans.   Click Here for details .
The Gifford-Pinchot National Forest reports Forest Road (FR) 23 is currently under re-construction for repairs at the washout sites. FR 26 is closed. No completion date is available.  FR 25 and FR 99 from Randle to Windy Ridge at Mt. St. Helens are open until closed by snowfall.   Click Here for more info.
Pacific Crest Trail has re-opened from White Pass to Chinook Pass, but not north of Chinook Pass.
All Mount Rainier National Park roads and trails are now open, including Chinook Pass, Hwy 410.
Important MRNP dates to remember are:
  • The road to Sunrise closes at White River Campground October 23
  • The Sunrise Day Lodge - open weekends until September 24
  • White River Campground - open till September 25
  • Ohanapecosh Campground - open till October 9
  • The Jackson Visitor Center begins weekend-only operations on October 10
  • National Park Inn at Ashford is open year-round for lodging and dining
  • Paradise Inn closes for the season October 2
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The White Pass Scenic Byway is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created for the purpose of public education and promotion of the byway's natural and cultural resources as well as enhancing the assets and resources located along the byway.

The White Pass Scenic Byway, U.S. Highway 12, extending from I-5 to Naches is an exceptional journey, offering travelers experiences of wildlife, outstanding scenic and natural landscapes, and unlimited outdoor recreation. The location between Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. St. Helens National Monument and Mt. Adams is a premier recreation destination. 

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