Tieton is two and one-half hours from Seattle - halfway between Seattle and Walla Walla. Tieton is three hours from Portland and forty minutes from Ellensburg.

It is located fifteen miles west of Yakima on Highways 410/12. In Naches, turn south at the single traffic light. Take Naches-Tieton Road four miles up a grade and through orchards. Follow the signs. At "Welcome to Tieton" sign turn right (N. Tieton Rd.). El Nido is about 1/4 mile on right.


In all the years we've been driving back and forth we have rarely been stuck. Four wheel drive cars can usually handle most typical snow conditions. Check pass conditions before setting out. If you are comfortable driving in winter conditions, the pass is usually easy driving. Instead of listening to weather reports -- which are often unhelpful and overly dramatic -- we check WSDOT's Site and look at each of the web cams. That information is up to the minute. If traffic is normal, head out. If there are no cars, or if there is a long line of cars in the direction we are heading, wait. Then as we approach the pass we call 511 (then choose 3), which is the Department of Transportation's service and it too has up to the minute pass reports. Driving from Seattle, North Bend is the last outpost before the pass. Driving west from Ellensburg, Cle Elum is where we would wait out temporary closures. Pack your car with winter emergency provisions.