Several projects and enhancements along the byway have taken place since the organization’s inception, enhancing the corridor and working to conserve its unique resources.
Wayfinding Signs – Project in progress
Traveler service and recreation opportunity wayfinding signage will be installed in communities along the byway providing direction to recreational sites as well as support services including gas, food, restrooms and information. The byway is coordinating this effort with the communities and businesses to create the most effective and appropriate signage for each area.
Mossyrock Dam Overlook Improvements - Project in Progress
A grant has been received from the National Scenic Byways Program to enhance safety and visitor information by providing a safe deceleration lane and an accessible overlook with interpretive signage at the Mossyrock Dam viewpoint at milepost 90 on the White Pass Scenic Byway. The project in general includes: redevelopment of the parking area, adding sidewalks, a kiosk and attractive landscaped interpretive displays and improved restroom facilities as well as a safer ingress route for vehicles turning from US Hwy 12. View the press release.
An 11-page White Pass Scenic Byway Pocket Guidebook leads visitors along the byway offering information on the attractions along the way. This guide includes a map, listings of activities and attractions by area, a road trip itinerary and lodging listings.
Hiking Tearsheet Maps
In response to the popularity of hiking along the byway, a hiking tearsheet map was created to direct visitors to trails in the byway corridor. The map side of the tearsheet outlines where the trailheads are located. It also features the location of visitor centers, restrooms and scenic viewpoints along the byway. On the flip side of the map, twelve hikes of varying degree of difficulty are highlighted with a trail description and details. Download the Hiking Tearsheet Map
Two signs were installed at gateways to the byway, and seven more welcome signs in the communities of Mossyrock, Morton, Randle, and Packwood. The signs have massive stone bases with wood support arms for the signs. Each sign base weighs over 10 tons. The byway gateway signs are over eight feet in height. View press release.
The National Scenic Byway Foundation announced on October 16, 2009, a new national designation for the White Pass Scenic Byway. Collectively, there are 193 such designations in the United States and only seven in Washington, including Chinook Pass Byway, Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway, International Selkirk Loop, Mountain to Sound Greenway (I-90), Stevens Pass, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. View the press release.
An outreach program has been developed and is underway to train retail and services staff along the byway corridor to provide effective travel information. The program encourages local staff, from visitor center staffers to gas station clerks, to consistently provide friendly hospitality and accurate information for visitors. The program is conducted in a series of free workshops in communities along the byway each spring to encourage local staff, from visitor center staffers to gas station clerks, to consistently provide friendly hospitality and accurate information for visitors.
The recreation driving tour project provides travelers information about forest recreation driving opportunities accessible from the byway. Wayfinding signage was installed along side trip routes adjacent to the byway in the Gifford Pinchot and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests to help visitors find scenic routes off the byway. This signage corresponds to the driving tours listed on our tearsheet maps.
Tear Sheet Maps
Tear sheet maps were created as a handout to educate travelers and residents on the variety of historical, scenic, natural and cultural experiences along the byway. The map provides a detailed look at points of interest and services in the area helping to orient the traveler. The flip side of the map features eight detailed itineraries outlining side trips off the byway. View Marketing Grant press release. Download the Tear Sheet Map.
The Byway has produced a rack card with information including a brief description of the byway and a list of what to do and areas to visit along the corridor. This activity works to educate travelers on the significance of the byway’s natural, cultural, scenic and historical resources. View Marketing Grant press release.
Ten Interpretive map panels were created and installed in ten communities along the White Pass Scenic Byway. The panels provide information on the communities, points of interest, services, and changing landscapes along the byway. This project was intended to improve way finding and travel information along the byway. View the Interpretive Map Panel.
Corridor Management Plan
The plan focuses on strategies to enhance the byway while conserving its natural resources. It focuses on enhancements providing more opportunities for recreation and tourism, strengthening, the local economy while conserving the byway’s unique resources. View the press release.