Special Announcement: Shuttle Service now includes Dog Mountain!
Imagine this for your next hike …. no trailhead parking hassles or congestion, no trailhead pass required, lowering your carbon emissions and saving on fuel expenses. From July through September 2018, Skamania County’s West End Transit (WET) bus will be running on weekends to nine trailheads and Columbia Gorge communities. This service connects with TriMet and C-TRAN.
Bring your dog (leashed or well-controlled dogs are allowed on the bus). Bring your bike (the bus is fitted with two bike racks and additional bike storage inside). Enjoy FREE Wi-Fi! Ride a shuttle bus from Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson (650 SW Rock Creek Drive) to Dog Mountain trailhead and avoid the overcrowded parking lot. The Dog Mountain shuttle runs on Saturday and Sunday from March 31 – July 1, 2018, every half-hour between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. New in 2018, ride the Dog Mountain shuttle and receive a free Dog Mountain trailhead use permit. Also, several businesses in Stevenson are offering discounts to shuttle riders including Walking Man Brewing, Clark & Lewie’s, Big River Grill, El Rio Texicantina, Bigfoot Coffee Roasters, A & J Select Market Deli, Tacos Pepe’, Red Bluff Taphouse, Skunk Brothers Spirits, The Cabin Drive-Thru, North Bank Books, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum and Wild Columbia Salmon.
The regular WET bus schedule includes stops at Stevenson, Carson, North Bonneville, Fisher’s Landing in Vancouver on 164th Ave, and then a return to Columbia River Gorge trailheads and resorts. The additional stops include Salmon Falls Park and Ride/Cape Horn Trail, Beacon Rock, Pacific Crest Trail, Skamania Lodge, and Dog Mountain.
The public transportation grant is intended to relieve congestion at trailheads and shuttle guests from hotels and motels, festivals and fair visitors from resorts to trailheads, and locals from town to town. Western Federal Lands, Washington Department of Transportation, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Stevenson and Skamania County Tourism Funds provided the grant funding.
How to catch the bus:
- Take the bus to and from a bus stop – NO NEED TO CALL AHEAD
- For service to or from a location other than a scheduled bus stop and within 3/4 of a mile of the scheduled stops within Skamania County, CALL SENIOR SERVICES, (509) 427-3990, at least one day before your trip to have the bus pick you up or drop you off at the curb of a specific location. The bus will pick you up as it runs on its schedule between its designated stops.
- The bus will deviate up to 3/4 mile off Wind River Hwy and SR 14 to accommodate persons with disabilities. Requests must be made one day in advance. Those needing disabled service at Fisher’s Landing must call C-Tran (360) 695-8918.
NO SERVICE ON NEW YEARS DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, JULY 4th, LABOR DAY, THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS.
Visit http://www.skamaniacounty.org/public_transit.htm for the full route and schedule.
Check out the Friends of the Columbia Gorge hiking itineraries built around the WET bus schedules: GorgeFriends.org
Services brought to you by Skamania County Senior Services:
For a Click here www.skamaniacounty.org/senior-services/homepage/services/public-transportation/ or call 509-427-3990.