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Ian81

Public Transport to routes/Ranger stations

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As someone who is totally new to the northwest, and without a car (I'm from Scotland and am visiting friends in seattle), can anyone offer advice about how to get to wilderness areas using public transport? Is this even possible or is hitch-hiking the only way? Thanks for your help!

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I heard that Greyhound will no longer stop at Snoqualmie Pass. You can get to the Olymmpics by public bus. Look up these transit agencies: Kitsap County, Jefferson County, and Clalum County. You may need to do a bit of hitching depindig on where you want to go.

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For the Olympics, the Rain Forest Hostel gives some info on how to get there by public transport HERE (scroll down a bit). I have no idea how current any of this is, but the guy who runs the hostel is pretty knowledgeable so you can try giving him a call for more information.

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You can get to North Bend on Seattle's Metro transit. This puts you in walking distance to climb at Little Si, or a crowded fitness hike up Mount Si. From North Bend it's also much easier to hitchike than trying to start in Seattle. The Olympic Pinensula is definetly doable on public transit, taking a ferry to Bainbridge and then a series of public transit buses (see Dave Schult's list above) will bring you all over the pinensula. The transfers are well coordinated between the different systems.

If you leave early enough you can be at LaPush on the coast (and positioned for some excellent beach hiking N or S) by 3 in the afternoon. Plus hitchiking out on the pinensula is usually very easy.

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