Affordable Shuttle Rates and Easy Trailhead Access While Backpacking and Hiking in the Eastern Sierra
We know how much preparation and time goes into planning your adventure on the John Muir Trail (JMT) or Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). We will be pleased to help you with your transportation logistics to and from the trailhead. We recommend the use of our trailhead shuttle services at the beginning of your trip. Park your vehicle at your final destination and let us shuttle you and your group to the trailhead where you will start hiking/backpacking. This allows you the freedom to finish your hike early or later in the day, without the need, rush, or stress to meet a set pickup time.
5 Star Review on Yelp
Folks… I just completed a backpack from Agnews Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows (we ended up at the Mono Peak Trailhead). First night we camped at Gem Lake. Second night at Algers Lake. Third night at Summit Lake (after going over Mono Pass). We left our cars at the trailhead in Tuolumne, and got a ride via Lucas at MAWS Transportation. He was awesome — showed up on-time (he was there when we arrived), his van was spotless, carried 7 guys plus packs with some room to spare, and was the pinnacle of service. He took us first to pick up our permits, offered to stop someplace for breakfast, etc. AWESOME and I’d highly recommend him if you need shuttling in the Mammoth/Yosemite area.
– Brandon D. on 9/27/2012
We Provide Trailhead Shuttle Services Up and Down HWY 395
Here is a brief list of commonly accessed trailheads:
- New Army Pass
- McGee Trailhead
- Dog Lake Trailhead
- Whitney Portal
- Duck Pass Trailhead
- Twin Lakes (Bridgeport)
- Onion Valley Campgroud
- Agnew Meadows Sonora Pass
- North and South Lake
- Red’s Meadow
- Devils Postpile
- Happy Isle
- Rock Creek (Mosquito Flat)
- Tuolumne Meadows
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have room for our backpacks?
Yes, we operate full size SUV’s and our 11 passenger van has an enclosed box trailer. View our fleet.
We need to get our permits on our way to the trailhead, can we make an extra stop?
No problem, as long as it is prearranged and wait time is no longer then 10 minutes, overtime will be charged hourly at a rate of $60 per/hour.
Can we use your services instead of Red’s Meadow shuttle?
Sorry, we are only allowed to shuttle guests to Red’s Meadow area while their shuttle is not in operation, including off hours during shuttle operations (7:30PM to 7:30AM) or if you are a guest of MMSA Lodging. All hikers and backpackers need to use the Red’s Meadow shuttle if it is operating.
Does your trailhead shuttle in and out of Yosemite National Park include entrance fees?
No, Yosemite Park recently raised their fees to $15 per person, we highly recommend purchasing an annual pass ($60) if your group/party is larger then 4.
What is the best way to schedule our pickup to return to our vehicle?
To better make use of our services and give you more flexibility of your time, we suggest that you use our services at the beginning of your trip. By parking your car where you will finish on the trail, and have us pick you up there and take you to the starting trailhead, gives you the freedom to take your time hiking or even get an early finish. If this is not an option, we suggest planning an early arrival from your scheduled pickup time to avoid extra charges for driver waiting time.
How far North can you shuttle us?
We are licensed to drive as far as Canada, if charges are convenient for you.
Do you allow dogs in your vehicles?
We are very dog friendly and usually have a towel or blanket for your dog to sit or lie on. We just kindly ask dog owner to keep their dogs calm to avoid dog hair from getting all over the vehicle.
Can you shuttle our vehicle to the end of the trail for us?
Yes, we will be pleased to do this service for you. An extra fee will apply for the extra driver and time for shuttling your vehicle, but we are happy to do it.
What trailheads do you provide shuttle services for?
We provide trailhead shuttles for any trailhead with a maintained parking area and shuttle pick up and drop off location in Inyo County, Mono County, and Yosemite. Learn more about the trailheads in Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, and Yosemite National Park.