On Sunday, May 25, 2014, we drove Washington State Route 292, short and speedy.
A state highway to be known as state route number 292 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 231 at Springdale, thence easterly to a junction with state route number 395 in the vicinity of Loon Lake.
Late afternoon in Springdale. Here we are again, at the junction with SR 231. Time to leave town.
After the 25 mph zig-zag to squeeze between the cliffs and the railroad, the speedway opens up to 55. The road has been built to ignore the little ups and downs of the hillsides, all cuts and causeways. Nothing to impede our gradual climb. A few miles along, near the turn-off for Jumpoff Joe Lake, we reach the halfway point of the drive, photographed above.
A very short while later, we arrive at the town of Loon Lake. The taverns are busy. Without spying the lake, we reach the end of Highway 292 at the junction with its parent route, US 395. We'll be back here, soon enough.
I was surprised how constructed this highway is, for such a short route with limited traffic. A lot of earth was moved to make this drive safe and easy, without the sharp turns and dips the topography might otherwise dictate.