Blankenship fire closure; public buses lead from Darrington WA to Chelan WA

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August 28th, 2015
By: O.d. Coyote PCT '75

There IS a way to take local and Amtrak buses from the town of Darrington WA at 7:47 am (30 miles west of the Suiattle River trailhead) to the town of Chelan (at 2:28 pm that afternoon). Then to High Bridge, on the PCT north of the closure, by 3pm the next day. Just thought I’d throw this out there, in case anyone is hung up on the west side of the mountains south of the closure point and needs an easy way to continue. So long as Rainy Pass Hwy 20 is closed, Darrington to Chelan is not easily hitched. To wit, using actual weekday schedule times:

Communitytransit bus 230 goes from Darrington to Smokey Pt. Transit Center;

communitytransit bus 202 goes from Smokey Pt to Everett Transit Center,
near the Amtrak Station; 9:00am-9:44am

Amtrak Thruway bus 8848 goes from Everett Amtrak Station to Wenatchee Amtrak Station; 10:10am-12:55pm

linktransit bus 21 goes from Wenatchee’s Columbia Station (near Amtrak Station) to Chelan; 1:30pm-2:28pm

Next day, From Chelan, take the Lady of the Lake boat to Stehekin (8:30am-12:30pm), and the Red Bus to High Bridge (2pm-3pm). The Lady Express isn’t running any more this season.

Good luck to all and maybe the predicted rains this weekend will knock the fires down.