Montana to Washington shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Helena to Seattle is a very heavily traveled route for freight transportation.
The Helena, MT to Seattle, WA freight shipping lane is a 588 mile haul that takes more than 9 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Montana to Washington ranges from a minimum of 112 miles and 2 hours from De Borgia, MT to Spokane, WA, to over 1,101 miles and a minimum of 18 hours on the road from Wibaux, MT to Bellingham, WA. The shortest route from Montana to Washington is along the I-90 W; however, there is a more southerly route that uses the I-90 W and US-12 W traveling through Pullman, WA and Lewiston, ID.
Named after the Spanish for “mountainous country,” Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, many of which form part of the Rocky Mountains in the west of the state. Its unofficial nickname, Big Sky Country, refers to the huge expanses of flat open plains in the eastern part of Montana, which provide fertile ground for agriculture and ranching and cover 60% of the state’s territory.
The major cities of Montana include Missoula to the east, Billings in the south and Great Falls. State capital Helena, Butte and Bozeman are also major population centers. Thanks to its size, geography and the Continental Divide, the weather in Montana can vary dramatically. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the US was in Montana (-70ºF) and the valleys and mountains can attract fog that is difficult for even experienced Montana trucking companies to navigate.
Washington State’s nickname, “The Evergreen State,” doesn’t do justice to the vast geography of this Pacific Northwestern state. Although lush rainforests do flourish in the central part of the state, glaciers, islands and fjords are part of the state’s Pacific Coast landscape, while the Cascade Mountain range is found in the drier, eastern area. Likewise, the rain that the Washington’s most populous city, Seattle, is known for is not typical of the whole state. A dry, semi-arid climate is found in the east, while the mountains are known for deep snows in the winter that make snow chains a November to April requirement for trucking and freight services operating in Washington State. Washington freight and shipping is concentrated in Seattle and along the coast, and Spokane is a smaller center for Washington freight and trucking.
Montana to Washington Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Montana and Washington are mainly agricultural, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Heavy Haul Trucking services are also common from Montana to Washington. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.