1) When does Trailhead Direct operate?
Trailhead Direct is a seasonal service that operates on weekends and designated holidays. For the 2019 season, the designated holidays for operation are Memorial Day (May 27), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 2). The service will run through October 27, 2019.
2) 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.
3) How should I prepare for my hiking adventure?
Always bring the ten essentials: water (2 full bottles), map and navigation, closed-toed sturdy, comfortable shoes, food (ready to eat, like fruit or granola bar), sun protection, rain gear, first aid kit, flashlight, clothing layers, 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’re coming back
• Familiarize yourself with the trail map
• Check the weather before you go
• Plan to start early in the day
4) Is there trail etiquette I should follow? Yes!
• Leave No Trace: pack out what you pack in
• Keep dogs on leashes and do not leave dog poop bags on the trail
• If you choose to listen to music, please use headphones
• Be respectful of other hikers
• Stay on the trail
• Yield to those coming uphill
5) 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.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) Is Trailhead Direct wheelchair accessible?
While trail destinations may vary in accessibility, Trailhead Direct vehicles are wheelchair accessible. All are welcome.
9) How many seats are there on each transit van?
Trailhead Direct operates 13-, 17-,19- and 27-seat vehicles.
10) 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.