Yellow Blaze Transit, a service started by Leland “Yeti” McKeeman to shuttle PCT hikers between Seattle, Mazama, and Winthrop, offers a solution to Pacific Crest Trail hikers beginning or finishing their hikes at the US-Canada border.
Mazama and Winthrop are the two towns closest to Harts Pass (the closest US-side road access to the northern terminus), but until now there hasn't been a reliable mode of transportation available to hikers between here and Seattle (where most hikers will fly into or out of at the start or end of their hikes).
Now, Yellow Blaze Transit offers hikers a regular, dedicated mode of transportation to/from the start/end of their hikes.
Schedule and Rates
Yellow Blaze Transit operates shuttles five days a week – Wednesday through Sunday.
Westbound shuttles (to Seattle from Winthrop and Mazama) depart at 8:00 am and 8:35 respectively – arriving in Seattle at 12:30 pm. Eastbound shuttles (from Seattle to Mazama and Winthrop) depart Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel in the city at 1:00 pm and arrive at 4:50 pm and 5:15 pm respectively.
So what does it cost?
$10: Transportation between Winthrop and Mazama
$130: Transportation between Mazama and Seattle
Thru-hiker discount rate: $100 between Mazama and Seattle. See website for coupon code and the most up-to-date information.
A few things to note: there is no eastbound service on July 4, August 1, September 5, or October 3 and no westbound service on July 7, August 4, September 8, or October 6.
Additional service offered Monday, June 14th, and Tuesday, June 15th.
For a complete and up-to-date listing of services offered, check here.
Ready to book? Click here to make your reservation.
Leland “Yeti” McKeeman, Yellow Blaze Transit's owner and driver, is a thru-hiker himself – having hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016. He quit his “real” job in January to start Yellow Blaze Transit.-Yellow Blaze Transit
And no, he's not going to thru-hike the PCT. “Isn't one thru-hike miserable enough to never do another one? “Give me a break!” he jokes.