“Trailhead Direct” is a seasonal service that operates on weekends and designated holidays from spring through fall. The service provides access to some of the most beautiful places King County has to offer with convenient, reliable and affordable service. Even if you don’t own a car, Trailhead Direct gives everyone has access to more than 5,000 acres of protected lands with 150 miles of hiking trails.
For the 2021 season, the designated holidays for operation are Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 6). The service will run June 5, 2021 through September 26, 2021.
Safety protocols are in place: 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.
One way fares: Adults (19 and older), off-peak $2.75. Youth (6-18 yrs) $1.50. RRFP cardholders (registered seniors, Medicare, disabled) $1.00. Children thru age 5 – Four may ride free with person paying adult fare.
Here are links to details for routes served by Trailhead Direct:
For more information about Trailhead Direct: Trailhead Direct – Park. Ride. Hike.
TOTAGO (Turn Off The App – Go Outside)
Plan your trip on Trailhead Direct with integrated hiking and transit information, plus offline trail maps with TOTAGO, a free transportation-focused web and mobile application for the outdoors. Available on iOS and Android.
King County Metro ORCA card
We recommend that hikers get an ORCA card, which means you can use Metro services without bringing cash or exact change for the bus ride.
Of course, if you use public transportation daily, then you already know about it. But if you don’t, it’s a handy item to carry with you.
An ORCA card can be filled with a small amount of cash and never expires. (I keep one on hand for trips to the airport, link Light Rail use, snow days, or any other public transportation need that might crop up. It has saved me more than once!)
About Trailhead Direct Program
The project was developed beginning in the summer of 2017, in response to growing vehicle congestion at several popular trailheads, where illegally parked vehicles along busy roads created significant traffic hazards and safety concerns. Trailhead Direct is a pilot project co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks.
Trailhead Direct provides an incredible opportunity for people to access and connect with their public lands. It reduces the number of cars on the roads and at our trailheads, while increasing the number of people who are able to experience some of the greatest trails in the country. Each person who steps off the bus and onto one of our trails has the opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors and become a champion of our public lands, helping ensure we preserve these lands for generations to come. — Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands
King County agencies had help from a number of partners in developing the pilot program, including Mountains to Sound Greenway, Washington Trails Association, The Mountaineers, Issaquah Alps Trails Club, Outdoors For All Foundation, TOTAGO (Turn Off The App – Go Outside!), REI, The Wilderness Society, Washington Department of Natural Resources, City of Issaquah, Si View Metropolitan Park District and the U.S. Forest Service.
Washington Trails Association is a proud partner of Trailhead Direct. Transit-to-trails services are key to making our region’s wonderful trails accessible to more people. It also helps trailheads meet the growing number of hikers, without adding more cars to already crowded parking lots. We’re excited Trailhead Direct is back for the 2019 hiking season and are working to ensure it’s an ongoing option for King County hikers. — Jill Simmons, Executive Director, WTA
Weekly on Sunday and Saturday (June 5, 2021 - September 26, 2021)