New SnoValley Adventure Shuttle to ease trailhead congestion
Many of us have done the dreaded circling of the trailhead parking lot, looking (in vain) for an open spot. On a busy spring weekend, hundreds of cars vie for parking at the Mt. Si, Little Si, and Teneriffe trailheads. But a solution is coming this June.
The SnoValley Adventure Shuttle, a pilot summer program to launch June 6, will help to ease congestion in the popular Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area. The shuttle, run by Compass Outdoor Adventures, is a collaborative effort with City of North Bend, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and Washington Trails Association to connect people with recreation opportunities and local businesses.
The weekend shuttle will leave from a downtown North Bend park-and-ride and stop at popular recreation destinations along the Mount Si Road, including the Little Si, Mount Si and Teneriffe trailheads.
Shuttle users will get an additional incentive with SnoValley Adventure Bucks, which grant discounts at a variety of North Bend and Snoqualmie merchants. The shuttle’s schedule also aligns with arrivals from King County Metro so recreationalists from Seattle and Issaquah can reach trailheads without ever getting in their car.
Partners hope to expand the shuttle’s reach as it gains popularity. Future destinations could include the Middle Fork Valley, Rattlesnake Lake, and a number of loop hike, bike, or kayak routes.
Round-trip tickets cost $5 per person, though transaction fees may apply. Shuttle users can pre-register online and drop-ins are welcome. Shuttle runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.
For more information and to pre-register visit: compassoutdooradventures.com/shuttle