On Saturday, December 10, 2011, we took advantage of the unseasonably dry weather and drove the length of Washington SR 164, also known as the Auburn-Enumclaw Road.
State route No. 164:
A state highway to be known as state route number 164 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 18 in the vicinity of Auburn, thence southeasterly to a junction with state route number 410 at Enumclaw.
So here SR 164 begins in Obbin, under the railroad tracks, at a junction with SR 18.
Highway 164 leaves Auburn and heads up the hill southeast of town, a narrow ridge between the Green River and White River valleys. The ridge is so flat, however, that it feels like you're still on a valley bottom. Through this stretch, we pop in and out of the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. Casino! White River Ampitheater! Closed-up fireworks stands! After a few miles, the fields take over from the trees and we break out into the wide prairie surrounding Enumclaw. Cows! Sheep! And then we enter town and arrive at this junction with SR 169.
Enumclaw is a nice town, but it smells a bit country. At the eastern edge of the city, SR 164 ends at a junction with SR 410.
Fifteen miles goes pretty quick, even on a two-lane road through a rural corner of the most populous county in the state.