Chinook Pass Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.3
FIETS
12.5 mi
DISTANCE
3,206 ft
GAINED
4.8 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton/Stacy Topping, USA

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Ranked #8 in Washington, this is a wonderfully scenic bike climb in northern Washington, 90 miles southeast of Tacoma and within ten miles of Mt. Rainier at locations along the climb. 

"123/Chinook Pass West is a long and shallow ascent near Mount Rainier. Scenery is the order of the day on this hill as thick northwest woods great riders over its lower half. As you ride the trees pull back a bit and you can catch a glimpse of the big mountain in spots. Toward the top the scenery is alpine along some exposed stretches and a short tunnel. At Cayuse Pass (Route 410) turn right to continue the climb. This section is quite alpine as well and you soon come to the obvious Chinook Pass..." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 228.)
This 12.5 miles climb averages 4.8%.  30% (3.7 miles) is at grade 0-5%, and 67% (8.4 miles) is 5-10%. The steepest quarter-mile is 6.3% and steepest continuous mile is 6.1%. 
Roadway:  Two lane highway in excellent condition with a narrow shoulder most of the climb.

Traffic  Mile to moderate

Parking:  Park on the side of Hwy 123 at the entrance to Grove of the Patriarchs Trail 2 miles from the start of the climb - MapStreet View.
Provisions:  None on the route. 
This climb is in Mt. Rainier National Park.

This is a remote climb but there are a few options for motel rentals in the area.  There are also houses and cabins for rent in and north of Packwood, WA.

Use the “Routes in Area” button on the menu bar above to see other bike climbs in this area. 

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Cycling Chinook Pass, Washington - snow covered Mt. Rainier as seen from the road on Chinook Pass

Cycling Chinook Pass, Washington

Ride 12.5 miles gaining 3,206’ at 4.8% average grade.

This is a wonderfully scenic bike climb in northern Washington, 90 miles southeast of Tacoma and within ten miles of Mt. Rainier at locations along the climb. Mount Rainier is in the Cascade Subrange of the Pacific Coast Mountain Range.

Cycling Chinook Pass, Washington - photo collage, Mt. Rainier from afar with reflection in water, cyclist riding next to road sign for 410 East, person looking over rock formation down on road far below, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Route 410 traveling through Chinook Pass is also known as the Chinook Scenic Byway, and is considered one of the most beautiful routes in the United States.  The summit of Chinook Pass is above the treeline, so there are many opportunities to stop along the roadway to see incredible scenery.  Chinook Pass also holds the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, so this portion of the road is closed to commercial vehicles, making this area even more popular for summer tourists.  The road is typically closed from November to May, due to its high elevation making it at risk for avalanche danger (Chinook Pass).

Cycling Chinook Pass, Washington - Seattle skyline as seen from Kerry Park in northwest Seattle, Mt. Rainier seen in the distance

Mt. Rainier as seen from northwest Seattle looking southeast.