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:


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.


The Link Light Rail extension to Angle Lake has now opened.   This makes reaching the Des Moines Creek Trail a simple one seat ride from downtown Seattle.


I haven't done much maintenance on this site recently, but most of the bus hikes in here should be doable although some bus routes may have changed. Check before you go!

There is an active bus hiking Meetup group in Seattle - check them out! They do some of the hikes described here.

The increasingly popular ride service Uber can fill in where bus service is lacking. I did a long hike from Marymoor Park to Sammamish State Park on the lakeshore trail, and rather then trying to return from Issaquah using the sparse and indirect bus routes,  I used Uber.  Worked quite well and the ride back was quick.  If Uber is operating in the North Bend area, that would open up a lot of interesting hiking possibilities.

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.