Discover The Mountains
Lewis County is the gateway to several of Washington's most-visited mountain peaks. With easy access to Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams, you're in the heart of Cascade country.
Mount Rainier is the state’s most recognizable mountain. After all, it’s featured on our license plates! Take the opportunity to see it in person at Mount Rainier National Park, and walk in lush alpine meadows in the shadow of the 14,000-foot giant. By summertime, the mountain reveals its splendor against vibrant colors; in the wintertime, it’s a haven for snowshoers and winter sports enthusiasts.
Mount St. Helens blew its top in 1980, tragically killing 57 people and changing a landscape forever. But today you can see life return to the areas surrounding the mountain, and two routes originating from Lewis County offer differing yet complementary perspectives of the regeneration of an ecosystem.
Mount Adams is often overlooked by its neighbors to the north and south, but it has its own place in the state record books as the second-tallest peak only to Rainier. Forest roads in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest lead to several recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking and much more. Unfortunately, much of the access to Mount Adams from Lewis County was wiped out in a major storm in late 2015 — so we’ll update you when that reopens.
The east Lewis County gateways to the Cascades utilize the White Pass Scenic Byway, a beautiful stretch of U.S. Highway 12 that winds through picturesque forests, charming towns and rolling hills. Connect with both the White Pass Scenic Byway and Visit Rainier to continue extending your adventures through and beyond just Lewis County!
With three majestic mountains at our doorstep, Lewis County is the perfect spot from which to spend the night and originate your journey. Click or tap any of the options below to get started!