White Pass (Washington)

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White Pass
White Pass.jpg
U.S. 12 through White Pass
Elevation4,500 ft (1,372 m)
Traversed byU.S. Highway 12
LocationLewis / Yakima counties, Washington, United States
Coordinates46°38.3′N 121°23.4′W / 46.6383°N 121.3900°W / 46.6383; -121.3900
White Pass is located in the US
White Pass
White Pass
Location in the United States
White Pass is located in Washington (state)
White Pass
White Pass
Location in Washington

White Pass (elev. 4,500 feet (1,372 m)) is a mountain pass in the northwest United States, located in the Cascade Range of Washington, southeast of Mount Rainier and north of Goat Rocks. U.S. Highway 12 travels over White Pass, connecting Yakima County on the east with Lewis County.

A shortcut route across White Pass between Packwood and Naches was first established 87 years ago as State Road 5 in 1931,[1][2][3] and the link was completed in August 1951 along the current route, later designated U.S. Route 12.

White Pass Ski Area, located at the summit, opened on January 11, 1953. Champion ski racing twins Phil and Steve Mahre (and their seven siblings) grew up on White Pass, where their father Dave Mahre was the mountain manager for the ski area. White Pass is also the home mountain of professional snowboarder Marc Frank Montoya, owner of The Block hotels.

As the crow flies, the pass is approximately 25 miles (40 km) southeast of the summit of Mount Rainier and 30 miles (50 km) north of Mount Adams.


  1. ^ "Want highway via White Pass". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 22, 1931. p. 3.
  2. ^ "Washington highway map". H.M. Gousha. (David Rumsey Map Collection). 1956. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "State roads as established by legislature (1893–1935)" (PDF). Department of Transportation. (State of Washington). Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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Coordinates: 46°38.3′N 121°23.4′W / 46.6383°N 121.3900°W / 46.6383; -121.3900