Drive across Babyshoe Pass in Washington
Babyshoe Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.326m (4,350ft) above the sea level, located in Skamania County, in the U.S. state of Washington.
Nestled in the Cascade Range, within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the road to the summit is mostly paved but there is a 12 mile gravel stretch over the pass. It’s called U.S. Forest Route 23 (NF-23). The drive offers stunning views of Mount Adams.
The road to the summit is 88.03km (54.7 miles) long, running north-south from Randle, a small town in eastern Lewis County, towards Trout Lake, in Klickitat County. The road is not maintained in winter. The road re-opens in the snow free months in early Summer through Fall. Some sections of the road are rutted and dusty. 9% grades with loose gravel over nasty washboard make it tough to keep traction.