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
(photo courtesy of Skamania County Transit)

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 2017 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: April 15 - June 18, 2017

In Skamania County, a weekend shuttle bus (Saturday & Sunday only) will run between Skamania County Fairgrounds and Dog Mountain from April 15 - June 18, 2017. The shuttle makes runs every 15-20 minutes for $2 round trip. Historically the parking lot is full by 10 a.m. and it is illegal and unsafe to park on Hwy 14. The balsamroot blooms are expected to be later than usual this year; possibly as late as mid-JuneRead press release. Also read an article from The Oregonian.

View Shuttle Schedule

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

View Hike Itinerary

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, the Columbia Gorge Express transports riders from Gateway Transit Center to Multnomah Falls and back for $5 round-trip, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday and holidays during the summer. Or you can park for free on weekends at Rooster Rock and ride the shuttle for no cost to and from Multnomah Falls to avoid parking congestion. Please note this shuttle can carry up to three bikes but no pets are allowed.

Columbia Gorge Express 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.