A new recreational shuttle service to Snoqualmie Pass on the I-90 corridor began service Friday, July 11, 2008. Washington State Parks announced the inauguration of the “Bus-Up 90 Shuttle” for hikers and bicyclists using the John Wayne Pioneer Trail (Iron Horse State Park) between Cedar Falls near North Bend, and Hyak, just east of the summit.
For many years this trail, which follows the Milwaukee Road Railroad right of way across much of Washington, has been a popular destination for outdoor activities. The new shuttle will provide better access to the Western Cascade Mountains portion, by letting gravity help users hike or bike downhill from Hyak (I-90 Exit 54 at the summit) to Cedar Falls, (south of Exit 32,) while the shuttle transports them uphill. The route is 20.5 miles of improved crushed-stone trail, and includes a spectacular 2.3-mile tunnel under the summit, high trestles, cascading streams, alpine views, and serene mountain meadows. The air-conditioned shuttle bus provides space for backpacks and gear while an enclosed trailer can accommodate most bicycles.
Trail users from Seattle and Western Washington can park at Rattlesnake Lake and Cedar Falls, Bus-Up and then hike or bike back down. From Eastern Washington, users can park at the Hyak Trailhead, hike or bike down to Cedar Falls and then Bus-Up back to their autos. The shuttle can also carry passengers downhill and make pickups and drop-offs at intermediate trailheads on advance request.
Cash fares for the shuttle are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors (65 +,) youth (age 6 to 15,) and active military. There is no charge for children under age 6 when accompanied by paying adults. Passenger’s bicycles will be accommodated on a space available basis. Group and family discounts are also available.
Initially the shuttle will operate Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but additional days may be added. For schedule details and reservations, call toll-free: 877-BUS UP 90 (877-287-8790) .
The Bus-Up 90 Shuttle is operated by Agate Pass Transportation, LLC, concessionaire for Washington State Parks.