1) When does Trailhead Direct operate?
Trailhead Direct is a seasonal service that operates on weekends and designated holidays. For the 2022 season, the designated holidays for operation are Memorial Day (5/30), Independence Day (7/4), and Labor Day (9/5).
2) What about COVID-19?
Metro no longer requires masks on transit, including Trailhead Direct. However, Public Health – Seattle & King County continues to recommend wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask on transit and in crowded indoor spaces. Many of Metro’s systemwide enhancements will stay in place permanently. These include daily disinfecting, fleetwide air filter upgrades, and encouraging contactless payment.
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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.
4) How should I prepare for my hiking adventure?
Always bring the essentials: 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!
- 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 14 -32-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.