Trailhead Direct can get you to some of the most popular hikes in the state — as well as great destinations nearby. We’ve got some ideas. Check out this lil suggested itinerary to combine hiking and some good eatin’.

Before you go

Make sure you have the 10 essentials before you hit the trail. Find a complete list from the Washington Trails Association.

8:00 a.m.

Grab breakfast at Glo’s, a Capitol Hill institution known for old-school diner fare and Benedicts aplenty. Eat up — you’ll need the carbs for later. Tip: Arrive early; Glo’s draws a crowd on weekends.

  • Glo’s, 1621 E. Olive Way, Seattle; open midnight – 4 p.m. weekends

10:05 a.m.

Trailhead Direct time! Head uphill from Glo’s to your stop at Broadway and East Denny Way. Hop on the 10:05 trip!

When you board your vehicle, pay your fare with your ORCA card, exact change or an activated Transit GO mobile ticket. Got questions about Trailhead Direct? We have answers.

Now, sit back and relax.

11:06 a.m.

Arrive at the Mount Si Trailhead in exactly an hour. (No need to worry about finding a parking spot at the trailhead.)

Before you head out, make sure you know the dos and don’ts of hiking. Our partners at the Washington Trails Association offer a great intro to hiking and trail etiquette. Always follow Leave No Trace practices — and if you pack it in, pack it out.


A round trip, 8-mile hike to the Mount Si summit and back takes about 4 hours, depending on your pace and level of fitness. Along the trail, you’ll gain more than 3,000 feet in about 4 miles. From the summit, on a clear day you can see the Snoqualmie Valley, Seattle and the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

4:10 p.m.

Back at the trailhead, board the 4:10 p.m. Trailhead Direct for a quick trip to the North Bend Park & Ride (arrive at 4:21 p.m.) and take a short walk to the downtown restaurants and shops.

North Bend, known as a stand-in for the namesake town in “Twin Peaks,” embraces the connection to the cult TV series. Head to Twede’s Café for the cherry pie and “damn fine cup of coffee” made famous by “Twin Peaks.”

Or get a drink and appetizers at the North Bend Bar & Grill, a mainstay in downtown North Bend. North Bend Bar & Grill offers Pacific Northwest beer and cider, as well as seasonal offerings on tap.

  • Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend; open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. weekends
  • North Bend Bar & Grill, 145 E. North Bend Way; open 8 a.m. – midnight weekends

5:50 p.m.

Catch the 5:50 p.m. Trailhead Direct at the North Bend Park & Ride for the return trip to Capitol Hill. Along the way, check your camera roll for your best shots to share — and remember to tag your posts with #TrailheadDirect.

6:47 p.m.

Trailhead Direct drops you off at East John Street and Broadway, adjacent to the Capitol Hill light rail station.

Head to dinner around the corner at Annapurna Café, a favorite for Nepali, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. Grab a pre-dinner drink at the Yeti Bar upstairs — What to drink? Yeti Imperial Stout, of course. — and then head to the subterranean dining room for momos, curries and sipen luk tentuk, a fiery noodle soup.

Then, cool off a few blocks away at Optimism Brewing, a bustling space in a former warehouse with more than a dozen beers on tap. Cheers!

  • Annapurna Café, 1833 Broadway, Seattle; open 3-10 p.m. Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Optimism Brewing, 1158 Broadway, Seattle; open noon – midnight Saturday, noon – 9 p.m. Sunday

2 Comments on “Day Trip: Explore Capitol Hill & North Bend with Trailhead Direct

  1. I would like to hike out of Renton, is there any day trip/hikes out of Renton

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