If you’re in the Seattle/Tacoma area, and you want to get to Mount Rainier’s east side (Sunrise), there’s just one way to go: Washington Route 410. And as you head towards the big mountain, the town of Enumclaw provides the last signs of civilization, before plunging into the wilderness.
Enumclaw provides a nice stretch of downtown businesses, including a few good antique stores, that make a brief stop pleasant and worthwhile.
The old Enumclaw National Bank is one of the town’s most noticeable downtown buildings, standing watch over Griffin Avenue and Cole Street — the center of town. If you’re following WA-164 from the Auburn area, you’ll pass through here. Just a few blocks later, 164 runs into 410 for the trip around to the east side of the mountain.
Here’s the time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive from I-5 at Fife to Enumclaw…
… and from Enumclaw to the entrance of Mount Rainier National Park: