Hike Metro!

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 east of the Lake: Bellevue, Kirkland, etc.

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:


An improved "Trailhead Direct" Metro bus service to some Issaquah area trailheads has started again this year. You can catch this special Metro bus on weekends and holidays at the Mount Baker transit center (accessible by light rail) and enjoy a fast, one seat ride to to trailheads on Squak and Tiger Mountains. And there is more good news: a second Trailhead Direct bus route will run from the Capitol Hill Light Rail station to the Mt. Si and Mt. Teneriffe trailheads, starting in May. This could be a new era for car-free hiking, assuming that these new bus routes are well-used and successful.

More info: https://trailheaddirect.wordpress.com/


Fixed an error in the Thorton Creek walk. Greatly revised the Cedar River Trail hike - now it uses the nearby Pipeline Trail to create a 10 mile loop.


Finally! I'm in the process of updating all of the information in this site as time permits. I have already found some unpleasant surprises, such as the reductions in Community Transit bus service that have made some of the hikes impossible to do. Pierce County transit has been hit hard, too. King County Metro has suffered few problems in contrast.

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.