Plan your 2019 hiking adventure with Trailhead Direct

Trailhead Direct is a pilot project co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks. This project seeks to ease vehicle congestion, reduce safety hazards and expand access to hiking destinations along I-90. For the 2019 season, service to Mailbox Peak will start at Issaquah Transit Center and the new Trailhead Direct Cougar Mountain service will serve residents and visitors in South King County. And, as in 2018, the Seattle Department of Transportation is providing half of the operating costs for the Issaquah Alps and Mount Si Trailhead Direct service.

We’re bringing back Trailhead Direct with more routes to more trails in more communities. Our popular transit-to-trails service has succeeded in many different ways. We have made our spectacular mountain forests accessible to more people, reduced dangerous overcrowding at popular trailheads, and made it easy to hike without having to drive or park.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Transit can be a pathway to opportunities like school, training, jobs, and health care – and to our incredible outdoors. For thousands of our neighbors and visitors to our region, Trailhead Direct has created more equitable access to our mountains. We are grateful to Seattle voters for choosing to invest in transit. This innovative public-private partnership is creating new opportunities for all who call Seattle home to get outside and explore one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle Mayor

Trailhead Direct provides an incredible opportunity for people to access and connect with their public lands. It reduces the number of cars on the roads and at our trailheads, while increasing the number of people who are able to experience some of the greatest trails in the country. Each person who steps off the bus and onto one of our trails has the opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors and become a champion of our public lands, helping ensure we preserve these lands for generations to come.

Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands

Washington Trails Association is a proud partner of Trailhead Direct. Transit-to-trails services are key to making our region’s wonderful trails accessible to more people. It also helps trailheads meet the growing number of hikers, without adding more cars to already crowded parking lots. We’re excited Trailhead Direct is back for the 2019 hiking season and are working to ensure it’s an ongoing option for King County hikers.

Jill Simmons, Executive Director, WTA

Trailhead Direct provides a unique opportunity for everyone to explore some of King County’s best public parks and trails for the price of bus fare. The Wilderness Society is excited to see the county expand the service to south King County, where many people have limited access to the region’s parks and trails. We are hopeful this popular service will continue to close the gap between communities and the county’s treasured parks, trails and open spaces.

Kitty Craig, Washington State Deputy Director, The Wilderness Society

Trailhead Direct brings to life the longtime dream of accessing wilderness on the Metro. Transportation options like Trailhead Direct are more important than ever to sustainably connect our growing urban population to our beloved outdoors, and to make access to public lands more equitable.

Jon Hoekstra, Executive Director, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Trailhead Direct is closely aligned with ECOSS’ goals to connect immigrant and refugee communities to outdoors experiences. Expanding to Tukwila helps address the very real transportation needs in South King County. Trailhead Direct reaches people where they are and takes them where they want to go. ECOSS is excited to work with Trailhead Direct again and advance the equity of outdoors access.

William Chen, Communications Manager, ECOSS
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