Washington State Route 165

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State Route 165 marker

State Route 165
Route information
Auxiliary route of SR 410
Defined by RCW 47.17.325
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 21.25 mi[1] (34.20 km)
Major junctions
South end: Mount Rainier National Park near Mowich Lake
North end: SR 410 in Buckley
Highway system
SR 164 SR 166

State Route 165 is a numbered state highway in Washington, United States. Its northern terminus is at State Route 410 in Buckley. Its southern terminus is at the Mount Rainier National Park boundary near Mowich Lake.

Route description[edit]

The road begins at an intersection with State Route 410 in Buckley. It heads south, intersects with State Route 162 and then passes through the towns of Wilkeson and Carbonado.[2] South of Carbonado, the road forks and the pavement ends. The north fork goes to the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, while SR 165 continues along the south fork (Mowich Lake Road) into Mount Rainier National Park.[3]

SR-165's 494-foot long Carbon River Bridge was the highest bridge in the state when it was built in 1921.[4]
SR-165 near the small town of Wilkeson, Washington.

State maintenance (along with the State Route 165 designation) ends at the park boundary. Mowich Lake Road continues 6 miles (9 km) into the park, ending at ranger station at Mowich Lake. The road inside the park is only open from July to October each year due to winter conditions.[5]


State Route 165 was added to the state highway system in 1931 as a part of State Road 5.[6] In 1937, this was renamed Primary State Highway 5, and what is now SR 165 was the Enumclaw-Fairfax branch of that highway (except between Enumclaw and Buckley, which is now SR 410). When the current highway numbering system was developed with the 1964 renumbering, the highway became State Route 165.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Pierce   0.00 0.00 Mount Rainier National Park boundary Road continues as Mowich Lake Road
  10.91 17.56 Fairfax Forest Preserve Road To the Carbon River entrance of Mount Rainier National Park
Carbonado 14.43 23.22 Pershing Avenue
Wilkeson 16.74 26.94 Davis Street
  19.56 31.48 SR 162 – South Prairie, Orting
Buckley 21.25 34.20 SR 410 – Tacoma, Enumclaw, Yakima
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b Washington State Department of Transportation (2006). "State Highway Log". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ Rand McNally (2006). The Road Atlas (Map). p. 108, section H8. ISBN 0-528-95790-2.
  3. ^ Yahoo! Inc. "Carbonado, WA". Yahoo! Maps (Map). Cartography by Navteq. http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=47.033676&lon=-122.038434&zoom=15&q1=carbonado%2C%20wa. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  4. ^ "WSDOT - Historic Bridges". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  5. ^ National Park Service. Mount Rainier National Park (Map). http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/upload/MORAmap5_07reduced.pdf. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  6. ^ Session Laws of the State of Washington. 1931 chapter 29.
  7. ^ Washington State Highway Commission (December 1, 1965). "Identification of State Highways". Retrieved 2008-04-10.