Take #TrailheadDirect this 4th of July and receive a special edition pin!

Take Trailhead Direct this Thursday, July 4 and pick up a special pin to bedazzle your backpack- while supplies last. And yes- all four routes are running on the 4th of July! What’s a better way to celebrate than exploring our public lands?! We have designed one pin for each route. Each pin will be available ONLY on its specific route. For example, Mount Si pin will ONLY be available on the Mount Si route etc. Share your pin SWAG on social media while using #TrailheadDirect.


Day Trip: Explore Capitol Hill & North Bend with Trailhead Direct

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

Catch Trailhead Direct- Cougar Mtn in Parking Zone G at Tukwila Int’l Blvd Station

Beginning July 4, Trailhead Direct- Cougar Mtn will be picking up and dropping off at Tukwila International Blvd Station Parking Zone G – just north of Southcenter Blvd. We will no longer be picking up/ dropping off at Bay 1.

Follow these orange signs to catch Trailhead Direct- Cougar Mtn!

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Hiking Tips & Preparedness

Trailhead Direct offers access to countless trails ranging from easy to strenuous. We want you to be safe during your hiking adventure whether it’s a casual walk on Cougar Mountain or a steep hike up Mailbox Peak. Here are some tips and tricks for what to bring, trip planning, and hiking etiquette.

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Where can I acquire hiking gear?

There are many options for borrowing or purchasing affordable hiking gear in the King County region such as the WTA Gear Lending Library or Value Village. Check out our list of suggestions for places to outfit yourself for your next Trailhead Direct adventure!

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Media Toolkit: Help Promote Trailhead Direct

We’re very excited to launch the expanded service and look forward to working with you to build upon our success! A press release announcing the 2019 service was issued earlier this morning and we would appreciate your assistance in helping us get the word out about the service now and in the coming weeks.

How you can help:

  • Download any of our creative assets from this dropbox folder. In the folder, you will find the logo, a variety of photos and the route maps. Please credit Eli Brownell, King County Parks, when using the images.
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  • Promote this URL: trailheaddirect.org
  • Create organic content! Take the service and share your #TrailheadDirect experience on social media. This year we really want to highlight all of the amazing stories we’ve heard from people taking Trailhead Direct!
  • Tag partner organizations: @kcexec | @KingCountyWA | @REI | @kcmetrobus | @iheartkcparks | @MayorJenny | @SoundTransit | @seattledot | @Hilary_FranzCPL | @CityofTukwila | @WTA_hikers | @ECOSS

Adapt this sample text for your social media:

· Welcome back #TrailheadDirect! Your favorite transit-to-trails service returns Saturday, April 20. This year there are FOUR interconnected routes to take you to your favorite hiking destinations including Mount Si, Cougar Mountain, Poo Poo Point and Mailbox Peak.”

· Tired of overcrowded parking lots at trailheads like Mailbox Peak, Mount Si and Poo Poo Point? Beginning April 20, hop on #TrailheadDirect and relax on the way to the mountains!

· No car? No problem! Hop on #TrailheadDirect to catch a ride to your next hiking adventure!

· South Seattle to the outdoors in less than 30 minutes thanks to #TrailheadDirect

· Take Link light rail, bike, ride Metro, or use a P&R to connect with #TrailheadDirect and the great outdoors