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 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:


Added a new walk along Thornton Creek in north Seattle


Added a page with a new West Seattle walk: the Mi-Kwa-Mooks Loop


Added a new chapter on the Points Loop Trail located near Bellevue . Also, I reorganized the site a little - added a new section for hikes near the east shore of Lake Washington (Bellevue, Kirkland, etc.)


Big cutbacks in Metro service may affect access to some of the hikes. For example, North Bend service on the 208 has been cut to once every two hours, so you will have to plan carefully to do hikes in that area. 

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.