- A trip up into the White River valley over 100 years ago was a real adventure. The curiously colored river was shaded by towering trees and the valley was dotted with lush meadows. Natural opening were thickly entangled with huckleberry bushes, and wild game was seemingly everywhere.
One way to recapture the sense of exploration the early travelers felt is to drive this 24-mile self-guided auto tour. The White River Road (#6400) takes you along a scenic, wild river into the heart of the White Mountains.
The first stop is Eunice Henry's Pioneer Grave. Here a stone and concrete cross mark the final resting place of pioneer Eunice Henry. One of the first settlers here, she cared for her father in a small cabin located across the road.
The second stop if the White River Viewpoint. About three miles after reentering the 6400 road, look for the 6403 road veering off to the right. Take this road 2.3 miles up Dirtyface Peak to an overlook. You are 900 feet above the White River and enjoying a fantastic view!
The third stop along the drive is the Historic River Crossing. The Wenatchee Indians forded the White River in this spot, on their way to huckleberry parches on Mt. David. The berry fields are just as popular today, and many people journey from far away to make a delicious harvest here.
The fourth stop is at the White River Falls. Here the falls offer a spectacular view of white water plunging and pounding down a 132 foot drop while hemmed on both sides by the walls of a narrow gorge.
The fifth and final stop of the scenic drive is at the Road's End. Automobile travel ends here, but two popular trails begin. If you have time, enjoy a short hike on either side of the river. Massive ancient cedars and lush riverside vegetation await. Watch for a glimpse of an eagle, deer or bear. There are two wilderness areas within a short distance.
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