The Eagle Creek fire has closed most trails from Wyeth to Troutdale.

Car-Free Travel in the Gorge

Three weekend transportation options provide opportunities for car-free travel to Gorge trailheads

Car-Free Travel in the Gorge
Hikers board a Skamania County WET Bus after hiking the Dog Mountain trail. (photographer: Micheal Drewry)

Skip the Car

Imagine this for your next hike: no trailhead parking hassles or congestion, no trailhead pass required, lowering your carbon emissions, and saving on fuel expenses. There are now three transportation options for car-free hiking in the Gorge.

West End Transit Bus

In Skamania County, the West End Transit (or WET Bus) will resume full service again in 2018 on summer weekends to nine trailheads and Gorge communities. With connections to TriMet and C-TRAN, weekend day and overnight trips to the Gorge from Portland and Vancouver, WA are a reality.

Dogs, Bikes and Wi-fi:
  • Leashed or well-controlled dogs are allowed on the bus.
  • Bikes can be accommodated on the two-bike carrier or with additional bike storage inside the bus.
  • Free wi-fi; instagram your adventure from the road!

Dog Mountain Shuttle

In Skamania County, a weekend shuttle bus (Saturday & Sunday only) runs between Skamania County Fairgrounds and Dog Mountain from mid-April until mid-June. The shuttle makes runs every 30-45 minutes for $2 round trip. The Dog Mountain parking lot is generally full by 8 a.m. so plan on riding the shuttle bus as it is unsafe to park on Hwy 14. Read press release. Also read an article from The Oregonian.

Travel by bus to Dog Mountain trailhead where your adventure starts long before you hit the trail!

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Friends is a partner in offering this transportation option with Skamania County Transit Services. The WET Bus is funded by a Western Federal Lands Access grant, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and tourism funds from Stevenson, North Bonneville, and Skamania County.

Columbia Gorge Express

In Oregon, from May to September the Columbia Gorge Express transports riders on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Gateway Transit Center to Multnomah Falls and back for $5 round-trip or you can park your car for $5 at Rooster Rock State Park and ride the shuttle for no cost to and from Multnomah Falls. The bus departs Gateway Transit Center 12 times each day and the bus departs every 15-45 minutes from Rooster Rock State Park. In its second season, new features include bigger buses, online ticket purchases, cash accepted on the bus, and more.

Columbia Gorge Express Website and Schedule

Sustainable Recreation, Car-Free

Gorge Towns to Trails links Gorge communities with outdoor recreation. When you take the bus to a hike, you’re keeping Gorge roads congestion-free by using transportation options.