More trail, less traffic – we want to hear from you!

Overfull trailhead at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

We know you love our parks and trails – so much so that on any given day with half decent weather, our trailheads are bursting at the seams with traffic. And while we’re ecstatic that you love to visit our parks, we want to make sure that that congestion isn’t causing safety issues for park visitors, disturbing park neighbors, or causing people to give up on hiking and leave the park altogether.

To that end, we here at King County Parks, together with King County Metro, are exploring new ways to provide access to and reduce the use of personal vehicles at some of the most popular trailheads along the I90 corridor. Our first step is to gather data about the topic, so we’d love love LOVE it if you would take 5 minutes to complete our survey at

The survey will be available until Dec. 3. Questions focus on how visitors get to select trailheads along the I-90 corridor – including Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Cougar-Squak Corridor Park, Tiger Mountain and Mount Si.

Need more motivation? Anyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a backcountry backpack donated by REI!

This project is part of a larger effort to increase access to King County Parks’ 215 miles of backcountry trails by improving existing and building new trailheads.  Funded through the voter-approved 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy, King County Parks has completed trailhead projects at Duthie Hill Park, Taylor Mountain Forest, Cougar/Squak Corridor Park and Black Diamond Open Space.

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