Rising toward the summit, US 2 follows the narrow valley of Nason Creek, flanked by extremely mountainous country, abounding in large and small game and many varieties of upland trees and wildflowers. Stevens Pass was named for John F. Stevens, the Great Northern Railroad construction engineer. The summit marks the boundary between the Snoqualmie and Wenatchee national forests. The forest is predominately Pacific silver fir, mountain hemlock, and sub-alpine fir. Averaging 450 feet of snowfall each year, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain, Stevens Pass is now a very popular ski resort operated under a permit granted by the USDA Forest Service. In the summer, good fishing is found at 20 small lakes within a 10-mile radius, and huckleberries are plentiful in August and September. At the summit is a junction with the Cascade Crest, or Skyline Trail.
The Forest Service still maintains cabins and weather observation equipment at the base.