The public is invited to any one of three informational meetings in mid-November to review the Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for the proposed Road to Rainier Scenic Byway:
- Monday, Nov. 14, 7pm Mineral School
- Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7pm Eatonville Public Library
- Thursday, Nov. 17, 7pm Whittaker’s Mountain Haus, Ashford
The plan outlines the scenic, recreational, cultural and historical/archeological attributes that define the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway and establishes a plan for marketing, public outreach, funding, and oversight. Communities in the Scenic Byway corridor are Ashford, Alder, Eatonville, Elbe, La Grande and Mineral.
The route is from the intersection of WA Highway 7/Eatonville Cutoff Road on the western end to the entrance of Mount Rainier National Park on the eastern end. A portion of the route forms a loop to include both Highway 7 (Mountain Highway) and Eatonville. Travelers could use one route eastward and the other going west. A spur from Elbe on Highway 7 South incorporates Mineral. For more information and a map, visit roadtorainier.com.
The goals of the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway as created by its committee are:
- Introduce visitors to the rich experiences (scenic, recreational, cultural, historical/archeological) unique to the Scenic Byway and help them fully enjoy their experiences.
- Protect, preserve, and enhance the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway’s natural habitat, scenic beauty, and cultural heritage.
- Promote the Scenic Byway with a dual focus: as a worthwhile travel experience on its own and as the main link to Mount Rainier National Park.
- Strengthen the economic foundations and tourism activities of local Scenic Byway communities.
- Increase tourism during non-summer months when traveler accommodations and attractions are underutilized.
- Provide effective support and oversight to the Scenic Byway organization.
The Road to Rainier Scenic Byway is a project of Nisqually Land Trust (nisquallylandtrust.org). The developer of the Corridor Management Plan is Sarah Scott of Ashford. Project partners are Mount Rainier Visitor Association, Mount Rainier National Park, Nisqually River Council, Pierce County, Puget Sound Regional Council, and Town of Eatonville.