Hike by Bus!

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

Hike by Bus!
(photo courtesy of Skamania County Transit)
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 on June 18, for its third year. The WET Bus will run on weekends through September 4 to nine trailheads and Gorge communities. With connections to TriMet and C-TRAN, day trips to the Gorge from Portland and Vancouver, WA are a reality.

Bus Amenities:
  • Bring your dog or bike! Leashed or well-controlled dogs are allowed on the bus.
  • It is fitted with two bike racks and additional bike storage inside the bus.
  • Free wi-fi.

Dog Mountain Shuttle

In Skamania County, a weekend shuttle now runs between Skamania County Fairgrounds and Dog Mountain trailhead through June 12. The shuttle makes 10 daily runs for $2 round trip, and you can take public transit from Vancouver and Portland to connect with the Dog Mountain shuttle. 

Friends is a partner in offering this Skamania County transportation service. The WET Bus is also 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

These bus services supports our Gorge Towns to Trails project because it encourages sustainable recreation through alternative transportation options. Gorge Towns to Trails is a project vision to link communities with recreation to benefit tourism while highlighting the beauty of the Gorge.