North Bend to Ellensburg via Snoqualmie Pass

Cle Elum, Washington

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This 76-mile drive crosses eastward over Snoqualmie Pass and follows the course of the Yakima River from Keechelus Lake to Ellensburg. North Bend is the gateway to the Cascades. Most of the land around North Bend is owned by the Weyerhauser timber company, whose forests are in their second or third cycle of growth. The younger clearcuts are identifiable by their lighter shade of green. North Bend was called Ranger’s Prairie at the time of the first white crossing of Snoqualmie Pass from the west in 1856, when Seattle was but a little village. The drive climbs rather slowly, leaving the golf courses behind as the canyon walls begin narrowing the valley. Nine miles from North Bend, the Tinkham Campground is nestled next to the river. Special attractions: Hiking, camping, sweeping mountain vistas, Snoqualmie Pass ski areas. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Washington

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Scenic Driving Washington

by Steve Giordano (Falcon Guides)

This 76-mile drive crosses eastward over Snoqualmie Pass and follows the course of the Yakima River from Keechelus Lake to Ellensburg. North Bend is the gateway to the Cascades. Most of the land around North Bend is owned by the Weyerhauser timber company, whose forests are in their second or third cycle of growth. The younger clearcuts are identifiable by their lighter shade of green. North Bend was called Ranger’s Prairie at the time of the first white crossing of Snoqualmie Pass from the west in 1856, when Seattle was but a little village.

The drive climbs rather slowly, leaving the golf courses behind as the canyon walls begin narrowing the valley. Nine miles from North Bend, the Tinkham Campground is nestled next to the river. Special attractions: Hiking, camping, sweeping mountain vistas, Snoqualmie Pass ski areas. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Steve Giordano/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 76
Season: Year-round, but avalanches close the pass for a day or two each winter
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Wenatchee National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to North Bend to Ellensburg via Snoqualmie Pass

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