Stevens Pass Greenway
- DesignationNational Scenic Byway (2005)
- Intrinsic QualitiesRecreation
- Length90 miles
One of three byways included in the Cascade Loop, Stevens Pass winds along parts of the Skykomish River and the western slopes of the Cascades. Its namesake pass is a 4,061-foot climb that rewards visitors with breathtaking views. The two-lane byway follows an old Great Northern Railway line through small communities and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.
Story of the Byway
The byway’s namesake pass, with an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, boasts an average 460 inches of annual snowfall, making it a prime skiing destination. More recently, it has become a world-class downhill mountain biking spot.
Now on Highway 3A in Balfour, look for Highway 6 N, which takes you back into Washington 100 miles later right after passing Nelway. The stretch back to Newport, along SR-20 from Metaline, Washington, is 59.5 miles.
Points of Interest
Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve
An interactive cultural center, exhibit space and research library dedicated to the Tulalip Tribes
Lake Wenatchee State Park
A 492-acre camping park sitting on the glacier-fed lake and Wenatchee River; fishing, boating and swimming
Iron Goat Trail
Six-mile roundtrip that follows a portion of the railway line featuring old timbers and tunnels, portions are wheelchair accessible
Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center
Interactive and gallery exhibits, the Sky Deck offers panoramic views of the Boeing Everett Factory and the North Cascades
Explore Stevens Pass
Starting in Monroe and heading west along Route 2, you have begun your journey along the Stevens Pass Greenway. Right after you pass the city of Sultan, you will find yourself in the middle of Wallace Falls State Park, which has a trail that runs along the base of Mt. Stickney. Once you get back on the road you can soon find Heybrook Trail and Lookout, which also provides wonderful views of the area.
Continue on past Skykomish until you reach the gorgeous Stevens Pass. There is so much to do in this area, with hiking trails galore and overlooks spanning throughout. The next big stop along your journey must be Lake Wenatchee and its State Park, which is the perfect stop for any family. There are activities located throughout this area, with beaches and recreation areas lining the shores of the Lake. After you pass the Lake, you are officially in the Wenatchee National Forest, where you can set up a campground if needed. From there you can just continue and take in the beautiful scenery of the area. Drive through Leavenworth and end your trip in Cashmere.
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