A Whitebark Guide ©

Walks, Hikes, and Outdoor Adventures in the Seattle area that you can reach by Public Transit....No Car Needed!

Metro trolleybus  (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 Introduction to Metro hiking

To find  a hike, follow one of these links:
In-City Hikes
Hikes on Puget Sound Islands
Hikes in the Eastern Suburbs
Hikes North of Seattle
HIkes South of Seattle
Hikes in East King County
Hikes in the Issaquah Alps
Overnight Camping or Backpacking by Bus
Backpacking and Longer Excursions

Latest News:


The new Snoqualmie Valley Transit service, run by the Snoqualmie tribe in conjunction with Metro,  offers a dial-a-ride bus that can take you to a number of trailheads near North Bend, including Mt. Si, Twin Falls, Rattlesnake Lake, and Snoqualmie Point Park.  They also have a scheduled bus that runs up and down the Snoqualmie River valley to Duvall. Check out their website or call them at 425-888-7001.


I've added a new hike located in Snoqualmie Ridge in east King County.

9/21/2013: Major changes are coming to bus service in the Snoqualmie Valley on September 28, affecting access to a number of hikes in the area.  The Metro 209 bus is becoming a peak-only bus, with all-day service to North Bend being provided by a new route, the 208. This bus will take a new route between Preston and the town of Snoqualmie through the Snoqualmie Ridge development.  Service along the river valley between Duvall and North Bend will be provided by a private bus line, Snoqualmie Valley Transit.  The Metro 224 route starting from Redmond will be truncated in Duvall.

All this means that access to hikes near Carnation, Fall City, and other points in the valley may be slower and more complicated, depending on the level of service provided by the new Snoqualmie Valley Transit. Reaching the famous Snoqualmie Falls will now require a mile or more of walking from the new 208 route.

 On the plus side, the trails on Snoqualmie Ridge will be easier to reach, and it may be possible to walk to the vast DNR logging road network on the west slope of Rattlesnake Mountain.  The travel time from Issaquah to North Bend on the new 208 route will be significantly faster, too.


You can contact me at NWHikers.net  (log in to your account - or create one if you don't have an account (it's easy) - and send a private message to  whitebark).


This is a rough draft, there are errors--maybe lots of them. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Since outdoor activites involve some unavoidable hazards, the author cannot assure your safety...this is your own responsibility.

Therefore, use the information at your own risk!

Other Links:

Here's an active Seattle transit hiking Meetup group:


They do many of the bus hikes described in this guide.

Here's King County's official bus information site:

Here's another "hike by bus" website, geared more for the hard core backpacker:


Doughty Falls in Cougar Mountain Park - Metro can get you there!

Tiger Mountain, a hiker's paradise easily reached by bus

Footbridge over Snoqualmie River at Tolt-McDonald Park (Metro Bus 224)

Photos were taken by the author  (whitebark) unless otherwise noted.