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Trailhead Direct 2021 update

King County Parks and King County Metro are happy to announce that the Trailhead Direct service will be returning for 2021! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard. The service will be composed of 2 routes this year — Issaquah Alps and Mt. Si. The season will launch on Saturday June 5 and run through Sunday September 26th. The Issaquah Alps route will start … Read More Trailhead Direct 2021 update


Trailhead Direct 2020 update

After much consideration, King County Parks and King County Metro have decided to cancel the Trailhead Direct 2020 season. We are disappointed not to offer Trailhead Direct this year, but we made this decision for the health and safety of our community members.   Trailhead Direct is a seasonal service that normally operates for approximately five months from April to September. Given the unknown timing of Phase 3 in King County and the social distancing and public health protocols that we’d need to implement, we don’t believe that we would be … Read More Trailhead Direct 2020 update

Trailhead Direct 2019: It just keeps getting better!

2019 was a big year for Trailhead Direct. And it’s not just us who are saying that. We heard it straight from you, dear Trailhead Direct rider. The data shows it too! It was our biggest season to date, with a 75% increase in ridership over last year.   And check out these stats:   35,838 rides  6,800 cars diverted from the road and trailhead parking lots   1 new route added, Cougar Mountain, connecting those who … Read More Trailhead Direct 2019: It just keeps getting better!


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


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!


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


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.


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!


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 … Read More Media Toolkit: Help Promote Trailhead Direct