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Public Transportation

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

There is very little public transportation to common trailheads outside of urban areas, but here are some options:

  • Portland International Airport ground transportation Shuttles that will transport you to/from Cascade Locks, Timberline Lodge, and other locations.
  • Columbia Gorge Express 2018 update. It may be seasonal so check ahead. Shuttle from Gateway Transit Center to Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, and Hood River.
  • Gorge WET bus from Vancouver to North Bonneville, Stevenson, Carson, and Dog Mountain.
  • Sandy Area Metro Goes from Portland Gresham Max station to Timberline Lodge. Stop at Zigzag and you could walk over to the West Zigzag Trail or up Hunchback Mountain. Stop at Mt Hood Village and hike over to the Wildwood Recreation Site and up the Boulder Ridge Trail into the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.


  • NW Connector lists public transport in Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Columbia, and Benton counties.
  • Point Transit has several long routes, including Portland to Astoria via Cannon Beach and Portland to Eugene.



  • Clallam Transit runs on the north side of Olympic National Park: Forks, Neah Bay, Lake Crescent, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island Ferry.
  • Backpacking by Bus Website about places you can backpack by bus. Seattle-centric.


  • Make a request on oregonhikers.org and maybe you can get someone to give you a ride, especially from Portland to closer locations like Cascade Locks or Timberline Lodge.


  • Public Transit Hikes Hikes in the Oregon Hikers Field Guide accessible by public transportation, usually in urban areas.
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