30 Jul 2015

White Pass

Yesterday was time for another day trip, this time along SR-410, SR-123, and US-12 between Tacoma and Yakima.

I'd driven on parts of this loop before, but not all of it.

It's a really beautiful drive, including a stop at this waterfall (there's more of it upstream that is blocked by trees)

And Rimrock lake, a reservoir of the Tieton Dam. It's really stunningly beautiful with very blue water and trees and hills all around.

This is a volcanic formation—the less durable rock has eroded away over time, leaving this rock outcropping.

The weather was probably perfect for swimming, if slightly cool (while over 80 degrees in the lower elevations, it was nearer 75 here), but nobody was in sight.

Views like this are plentiful.

There were a few volcanic formations like this with crystalline columns formed from the lava cooling faster on the outside.

Nearing the intersection of US-12 and SR-410

A view of Mount Rainier/Tahoma from Tipsoo Lake.

Sunset over the Olympic Mountains on the way back.


  1. Stunningly beautiful countryside. Much nicer than anything around where I live. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  2. Amazing view. Very different from our flatlands. Picture 5 kinda reminds me of a Bob Ross painting. Looks better in picture though!