Talking Rocks Outdoor Company
Geology Tours and Trailhead Shuttle Service

Trailhead Shuttle and Hiker Services

Taking reservations now for winter and spring, 2024.

Serving nature lovers, hikers, trail runners, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, mountain bikers, birders, photographers, climbers, thru hikers, section hikers, mushroom hunters, geologists.

We offer transportation and other support for hikers out of our base in Enumclaw, WA. Our specialty is the South Cascades. In addition, we can get you to any trailhead in the Northwest.

We can help with the placement of food caches for long hikes and the purchase of fuel canisters and other supplies.


We specialize in the neighborhoods of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Goat Rocks Wilderness, William O. Douglas Wilderness, Norse Peak Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness. Some of our favorite trails traverse the American Ridge and the Nelson Ridge in the William O. Douglas Wilderness. We provide service to the trailheads in the neighborhood of Walupt Lake. We serve Pacific Crest Trail section hikers. We can help you place your car or provide total transportation between the trailheads and the airport or the bus terminals in Auburn or Enumclaw. Chinook Pass, White Pass, Snoqualmie Pass as well as other PCT access points north and south.

We can get you to and from Crystal Mountain Ski Resort and Alta Crystal Resort, now known as LOGE Alta Crystal. If you miss the last shuttle from Crystal because the skiing was just too good to stop, we can help. (It will be expensive, but we can do it.)

Let us know your need, and we will help you get there! This summer we have had a lot of calls for service to various trailheads on the Wonderland Trail.

We serve the excellent mountain biking trails off Hwy 410 between Enumclaw and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Are you looking for help positioning your car in connection with a one way hike? We can help.

Our base is Enumclaw, but we can pick you up at Seatac Airport or the bus or train stations in Auburn.

To arrange service, call or text 253-350-1211 or email

Rates for Fall 2023:  $1.11 per mile and $29 per hour beginning and ending at our office in Enumclaw. We use Google maps to determine time and distance. Each additional person is $20. There is an additional charge of $40 for any trip that requires driving the road to Mowich Lake. (This summer I’ve had two flats and one destroyed tire on that road, and then had to replace the ball joints.)

For late night pickups the mileage rates are the same, but the hourly cost is higher. After 6:30p the cost is $40/hour. After 9:30p the cost is $60/hour.

We always give you a quote before you commit to using our service.

Additional Note: We occasionally get calls for “emergency service” when hikes don’t go as expected. This seems especially frequent for hikers on the Wonderland Trail. We encourage hikers to carry an InReach or similar device for such emergencies. There is sometimes a significant time lag between the sending of these messages and reception of the message by Trailhead Shuttle. So, don’t count on immediate response from Trailhead Shuttle, but if you need our help with transportation, most likely we will be able to pick you up at any trailhead. There may be an additional charge for emergency service. Again, we will give you a quote for the service before initiating the trip.