1) When does Trailhead Direct operate?
Trailhead Direct is a seasonal service that operates on weekends and designated holidays. For the 2021 season, the designated holidays for operation are Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 6). The service will run through September 26th 2021

2) What COVID-19 safety precautions are in place?
To keep you safe while we keep you moving, we’ve made some big changes aboard King County Metro and on Trailhead Direct.

Masks are required onboard and while waiting for your Trailhead Direct vehicle at transit centers. Please ensure you wear your mask over your nose and mouth and keep it on for the duration of your trip. There are passenger limits onboard Trailhead Direct vehicles, and please observe the signage onboard to block seats to support physical distancing.

King County Metro is disinfecting vehicles daily, and has installed safety partitions.

When engaging in outdoor recreation, we’d like to remind you to always #RecreateResponsibly by following the below guidelines:

  • Know before you go. Check the status of the place you want to visit to make sure it’s open. Have a back-up plan in case of crowding.
  • Plan ahead. Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a mask. Give yourself extra time to catch your return trip and in case of changes to the plan.
  • Practice physical distancing. Be prepared to mask up to give others space. Keep your group size small. If you’re feeling sick, stay home.
  • Play it safe. Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce risk of injury. Stay within your limits to prevent burdening search and rescue teams and health care providers.
  • Explore responsibly. Be mindful of where you’re choosing to take a trip and your impact on the communities you visit. Always keep pets on leash.
  • Leave no trace. Stay on the trail. Respect the land and water, as well as Native and local communities. Pack out everything you bring with you, including trash and pet waste.
  • Build an inclusive outdoors. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for people of all races, backgrounds, and abilities.

3) How can I plan my trip?

You can use Metro’s online Puget Sound Trip Planner desktop, mobile, or Android or iOS apps to plan trips on scheduled service in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It provides details about transit stops, routes and schedules. Trip Planner itineraries do not include unplanned service disruptions and reroutes caused by weather, emergencies, traffic, events or construction.


You can use TOTAGO (Turn Off The App – Go Outside). TOTAGO is a free transportation-focused web and mobile application for the outdoors. Plan your trip on Trailhead Direct with integrated hiking and transit information, plus offline trail maps if you download the iOS or Android app.

4) How should I prepare for my hiking adventure?

Always bring the essentials: mask, water bottles (fill before, no water at the trailhead), map and navigation materials, closed-toed sturdy, comfortable shoes, food (ready to eat, like fruit or granola bar), sun protection, rain gear, first aid kit, flashlight, extra long sleeved layers, an extra bag to pack out your trash with, and a backpack. Check out this great post from our friends over at the Washington Trails Association about essential items for hikers.


  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back
  • Read the hike description, familiarize yourself with the trail, and prepare a map
  • Check the weather before you go
  • Plan to start early in the day and have a back-up plan in case of crowding

5) Is there trail etiquette I should follow? Yes!

  • Practice physical distancing. Be prepared to mask up to give others space
  • Leave No Trace: pack out what you pack in
  • Keep dogs on leashes and pick up after them
  • If you choose to listen to music, please use headphones
  • Be respectful of other hikers
  • Stay on the trail
  • Yield to those coming uphill

6) Where can I learn more about current trail conditions and hiking options?
Trailhead Direct offers access to countless trails ranging from easy to strenuous. For more information, please visit wta.org/hikes to learn about current trail conditions, and inspiration for other adventures.

7) Can I bring my bike?
Each Trailhead Direct vehicle is equipped with a bike rack that can carry up to two bikes. Please note that mountain biking is only allowed at the East Sunset Way Trailhead.

8) What forms of payment are accepted on Trailhead Direct?
Accepted forms of payments include cash, ORCA cards, Transit Go Mobile Tickets, and Metro paper transfers. Get more info about fares & ORCA cards.

9) Is Trailhead Direct wheelchair accessible?
While trail destinations may vary in accessibility, Trailhead Direct vehicles are wheelchair accessible. All are welcome.

10) How many seats are there on each transit van?
Trailhead Direct operates 13-, 17-,19- and 27-seat vehicles.

11) Are dogs allowed?
Dogs may ride at the discretion of the operator under Metro’s guidelines. Larger non-service dogs may be subject to an additional fare.

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