As we gain in altitude, the hills quickly begin to turn green as we enter forested lands. The Naches River, carves the landscape leaving room along it's flowing banks for us to enter the now green landscape.
Driving up Chinook Pass we climb higher and higher like Jack up the Beanstock.. Deep ravines drop beside the road into a deep abyss. Hailey reads her book, as I marvel at the ever changing landscape.
Once we begin the steep incline nearing the pass there are not pull offs to stop and take in the view so I am only able to grab glimpes of the stunning views until we reach a viewpoint near Chinook pass.
Snow capped peaks hint at the spectacular marvel that awaits us beyond the cloak of green.
As you climb the mountain pass, all views are of mountains and deep green forest THE mountain remains hidden from view, beyond your reach and sight. We now see the path to the other side of the mountains.
After the final east side viewpoint we again travel west….this time moving down the other side of the pass. Around a bend and there it is in all her magesty.
The view is so stunning it is difficult to take it all in. We decide that this is a beautiful place for a lunch stop and the architects of the highway thought so too. They provided a nice rest area with parking for trailers!
We found many campsites available and the rangers said the campgrounds are rarely full except on holiday weekends. The campsites are primitive and due to the extreme winter climate finding a large and level spot is challenging. Most campers in White River Campground are tenters and they have their pick of campspots. In our camp loop only 3 of the 15 sites were occupied.
I hope you are not bored with pictures of this magical place….. I just can’t stop taking pictures!!