No matter the season, Chinook Pass offers an abundance of outdoor activities for the whole family. Directly around Whistlin’ Jack’s, you can spend the day taking in the beautiful sites & wildlife or adventuring in a variety of ways. The Wenatchee National Forest is a recreation paradise for virtually any form of outdoor pursuit, enhanced by pristine beauty of alpine meadows, sparkling mountain lakes, & jagged peaks that touch the sky. In addition, Whistlin’ Jack’s is located just 27 miles from the Mt Rainier National Park to the west & just 35 miles from the Yakima Valley which holds a thriving wine & beer industry.
SUMMER, SPRING & FALL
Located on the Naches River, you can literally fish out of your back door for Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook, Cut Throat & Dolly Vardon. In addition to the Naches River, Bumping Lake & a number of nearby streams, there are many high mountain lakes & runs for the beginner or experienced fisherman.
Bumping Lake is just a 20 minute drive & offers beautiful scenery & clean, clear waters that you can take your boat, canoe, or kayak.
Whistlin’ Jack’s is surrounded by the Wenatchee National Forest & its wonderful trail system, including:
Indian Flats – 5.8 miles
Bear Gap – 20.8 miles
Edgar Rock - 2 miles
Little Bald Mountain Fire Lookout
Fife’s Ridge – 13.1 miles
Union Creek – 17.2 miles
Hell’s Crossing – 12.4 miles Mesatchee Creek – 18.7 miles
There are a plethora of mountain roads located within just miles of Whistlin’ Jack’s that allow off road enthusiasts endless exploration.
A short drive up Chinook Pass to the Union Falls Trailhead will lead you to a number of waterfalls. Although the falls have water year round, the best viewing is March through July.
Just a few miles up the road from the Lodge is Chinook Pass Outfitters where they provide a mountain trail ride experience you won’t forget.
Elk, deer, bear, mountain goat & big horn sheep are the predominant wildlife around the lodge, but there’s also a chance to catch a glimpse of cougar, lynx, bobcat, coyote & fox.
Huckleberries can be found around the Little Naches in late Summer/early Autumn. If you wait much past Labor Day, the bears will have eaten them all!
In the Spring, morel mushrooms bloom in the forests surrounding Whistlin’ Jack’s. If you know what you’re looking for, it’s a great way to spend a day in the woods.