Welcome to Mt. Hood!

The Mt. Hood Express transit is a public bus service administered by Clackamas County and serves the communities along Highway 26, running from the city of Sandy east to Government Camp and Timberline.


The Express: Operates 7 days a week as a limited stop commuter service between the City of Sandy and Timberline. Seasonal service features include bike trailers and ski boxes for the convenience of riders to stow their equipment. The Express does not operate on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.


Villages Shuttle: Operates 7 days a week as a deviated fixed route for local service between Sandy and Rhododendron. The Villages Shuttle does not operate on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


One-way fare is $2

All-day pass is $5 and includes the Sandy Area Metro (SAM) buses that run between the TriMet Gresham Central MAX station and the Sandy Transit Center.

Find your bus here 

Mt Hood Express Brochure
Folleto Mt Hood Express - Español

Express route only

Villages Shuttle route only

Coming from the Portland area?

With one ticket you can reach beautiful Mount Hood by taking SAM from the Gresham Transit Center to the Sandy Transit Center. At the Sandy Transit Center board the Mt Hood Express and up to the mountain you go.

Frequently Asked Questions

Link to Mt. Hood Skibowl
Link to Timberline Lodge

The Express runs seven days per week, year around. the route begins in Sandy and ends at Timberline. There are six bus runs every day and one additional late night bus run during the winter season from Dec. 1st to March 31st.

The Villages Shuttle, starts in Sandy and ends in Rhododendron,  runs three routes  in the Villages communities seven days  per week .


Sandy Area Metro (SAM) will continue bus service on Saturday mornings and on Sunday between Sandy and Gre​sham to provide connections throughout the week.


The Express does not operate on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. 
The Villages Shuttle does not operate on the following holidays: New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day 


Bus may be delayed, go on snow route, or service cancelled during severe weather conditions. Check local news stations or call 503-668-3466 for current information. For weather see the ODOT Trip Check website. 

How much to ride?

The Mt. Hood Express is $2 for a one-way trip or $5 for an all day pass.  Day passes also include unlimited trips on the City of Sandy SAM buses. The new service model includes a public-private partnership between Clackamas County, Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl and The Resort at the Mountain to provide financial support for the operations of the expanded service.

What about accessibility?

Buses are wheelchair lift equipped and drivers are trained to provide assistance. Priority seating is available on all buses for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Controlled service animals are welcome. Pets are permitted in a carrier only. Buses are equipped with bike racks.

How is this service funded?

The Mt. Hood Express is funded through a Public/Private partnership. The previously-operated Mountain Express relied on Business Energy Tax Credits to fund a substantial portion of its operations. That Tax Credit program ended earlier in 2013, leaving the local, flag-stop service without funding.The generous support of Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Skibowl and The Resort at The Mountain have provided the required grant fund match for the Mt. Hood Express service to be awarded new transit funds. Without their support, the service would no longer be in existence.

Title VI Compliance

The Mt. Hood Express Respects Civil Rights

Clackamas County operates its programs without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, ORS Chapter 659A or other applicable law. To request additional information on Clackamas County Title VI nondiscrimination requirements or to file a complaint, please call (503) 655-8640 or email SocialServiceInformationComplaint@co.clackamas.or.us

Clackamas County respeta los derechos civiles Clackamas County opera sus programas sin importar la raza, edad, religión, color, sexo, país de origen, discapacidad física o mental, estado civil o de veterano, orientación sexual, identidad de género ni cualquier otra característica protegida por la ley de acuerdo al Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles, ORS Capítulo 659A o cualquier otra ley aplicable. Para solicitar información adicional sobre el Titulo VI de Clackamas County, los requisitos de no discriminación, o para presentar una queja; favor de llamar al: (503) 655-8640 o por correo Electrónico a SocialServiceInformationComplaint@co.clackamas.or.us

Организация Clackamas County соблюдает гражданские права Организация Clackamas County осуществляет свои программы независимо от расового происхождения, возраста, вероисповедания, цвета кожи, пола, национальности, физических или психических функциональных нарушений, семейного положения или статуса ветерана войны, сексуальной ориентации, идентификации пола и любых других характеристик, подлежащих защите от дискриминации в соответствии с разделом VI закона США «О гражданских правах» и (или) разделом 659A свода законодательных постановлений правительства штата Орегон, а также предусмотренных любыми другими применимыми законами. Чтобы запросить дополнительную информацию о наших требованиях Название VI недискриминации или подать жалобу, пожалуйста, звоните (503) 655-8640 или по электронной почте SocialServiceInformationComplaint@co.clackamas.or.us


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For more trip planning information visit City of SandyGoogle Transit Trip Planner, or Trimet.
For information about our area visit Mt. Hood Territory or  Clackamas County.
For local weather and road conditions, visit ODOT's Trip Check.

Mt Hood Express Information:


For ADA requests and reasonable accommodation please contact: 

City of Sandy Transit Operations


Managed by Clackamas County Social Services

Please contact us directly with any complaints or concerns, including discrimination of any form

PO BOX 2950, Oregon City, OR 97045


TTY Services: (503) 650-5646


The Mt. Hood Express Respects Civil Rights 

CCSD ADA Plan    Reasonable Modification Policy   

Clackamas County ADA Complaint Form     CCSSD Title VI Plan