White Pass (Washington)

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White Pass
White Pass.jpg
U.S. 12 through White Pass
Elevation 4,500 ft (1,372 m)
Traversed by U.S. Highway 12
Location Lewis / Yakima counties, Washington, United States
Range Cascades
Coordinates 46°38.3′N 121°23.4′W / 46.6383°N 121.3900°W / 46.6383; -121.3900

White Pass (el. 4500 ft./1372 m.) is a mountain pass in the Cascade Range south of Mount Rainier and north of Goat Rocks in Washington, USA. U.S. Highway 12 passes over White Pass, connecting Yakima County with Lewis County.

A shortcut route across White Pass between Packwood and Naches was first established as State Road 5 in 1931, and the U.S. Highway 12 link was completed in August 1951 along the current route.

White Pass Ski Area, located at the summit, opened on 11 January 1953. Champion skiing 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.

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