July 20, 2015
Relief for trailhead parking overflow
Photo at right: The WET Bus. Photo courtesy of Gorge Translink, www.gorgetranslink.com
Northwest hikers will have an easier time accessing trailheads this summer, thanks to two new shuttle services.
The Snoqualmie Valley Adventures Shuttle began a pilot program offering a weekend shuttle service from the North Bend Park-and-Ride to popular recreation destinations along the Mount Si Road. The service began June 6 and is also called the SnoValley Adventure Shuttle, run by Compass Outdoor Adventures. If the pilot program proves to be popular this summer, the shuttle will expand to year-round services and include other trail-ways from the Snoqualmie River Valley to Snoqualmie Pass. The shuttle service is a collaborative effort among the City of North Bend, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Washington Trails Association. Round-trip tickets cost $5 per person. www.compassoutdooradventures.com/shuttle
The Gorge West End Transit, aka the WET Bus, offers regular transit service seven-days-a-week from Portland and Vancouver to nine trailheads and communities along State Route 14 in the Columbia River Gorge. The service is scheduled to run through Oct. 15. The WET Bus is funded by a grant from Western Federal Lands Highway Division, with support from the Washington Department of Transportation, Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, City of Stevenson, City of North Bonneville and Skamania County Tourism Funds. All-day passes cost $4. www.gorgetranslink.com