Lassen Rural Bus adds service to the PCT

We’re thrilled to share that Lassen Rural Bus has expanded and now stops right on the Pacific Crest Trail. As strong believers in transit to trails, the immense value of rural buses, and small-town America, we extend our appreciation to everyone involved and encourage you to ride the bus!

Thanks to all of the people who work helping PCT hikers! Photo by Jaime Morais

The PCT to Chester, California link runs three times a day, Monday through Friday, and twice a day on Saturday. Please check with Lassen Rural Bus directly for times and costs. For service to the PCT, call 530-252-7433. On demand service to the PCT runs year-round.

The bus drops off and picks up where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 36. In Chester, the bus stops conveniently at Holiday Market.

“Helping Pacific Crest Trail hikers is wonderful,” says Brittany Duran of Lassen Rural Bus. “I get to talk to people from all over the world. They come to my small town, and I get to be a part of this huge experience. Our bus is so important to locals in our area. We’re proud to be a part of this community and help people. The fact that we have a well-loved bus system means so much to our area and we’re glad that it helps the Pacific Crest Trail too.”

Strong ridership numbers are critically important to rural transit systems. PCT hikers taking rural transit helps support local communities and their bus systems. Riders make buses viable. In recent years, PCT ridership on this transit system has grown greatly and Lassen Rural Bus has become a critical link to the Pacific Crest Trail. This year, record numbers of hikers are expected to rely on the PCT link that Lassen Rural Bus provides. It’s an exceptional example of transit-to-trails.

Lassen Rural Bus runs many places, including Susanville where you can transfer to the Sage Stage to reach Reno, Burney, Redding and more. Lassen Rural Bus also connects to Plumas Transit which can bring you to and from important locations like Quincy. You’ll find everything that PCTA knows about transit to the PCT here.

But wait, there’s more! Cascade East Transit has added summer service to Mount Bachelor, Oregon. That creates a transit facilitated section hike from Mount Bachelor to Santiam Pass. Nice!

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.