Park. Ride. Hike. Trailhead Direct to your next hike!

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Remember that time you tried to hike Poo Poo Point and were foiled because the trailhead was full and you couldn’t find parking?

Be foiled no more, friends! Trailhead Direct is a pilot project sponsored by your favorite Big Backyard and Metro’s Community Connections program. It is a convenient, reliable, and fun way to get to more than 150 miles of hiking trails at three different trailheads in the beautiful Issaquah Alps.

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Know before you go: Download the Trailhead Direct route map and schedule here (pdf).

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Pro Tips:

  • No car? No problem! Use Metro’s TripPlanner to find out how to ride Metro routes 208 (on Saturdays) or 271 to the Issaquah Transit Center or to take Sound Transit Route 554 to the Issaquah Transit Center or the Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride.
  • Choose your own adventure! Here are some of the trails available from these trailheads:

Trailhead Direct Route Schedule Aug 2017

Couldn’t make it to launch event? Check out this short video.

See you on the trail!

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Cassata says:

    Hello KingCo Plog,

    This post is SO EXCITING!

    Unfortunately, I do not feel the plog and the provided Community connections link provide enough information. I was not able to get to any additional information about the Trailhead Direct service. Am I missing something?

    What trailheads does it go to, besides the Poo Poo Point trailhead? Is there any more specific information about where exactly to pick up the service at the Issaquah transit center or Highlands Park and Ride? Am I looking for a bus or a van or a short bus/shuttle vehicle? What does it cost?

    Thank you! Julie

    On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:47 PM, King County Parks Plog wrote:

    > parksmonkey posted: ” Remember that time you tried to hike Poo Poo Point > and were foiled because the trailhead was full and you couldn’t find > parking? Be foiled no more, friends! Trailhead Direct is a pilot project > sponsored by your favorite Big Backyard and Metro’s Communi” >

  2. Julie C says:

    Wow! This is a BIG DEAL! Is there more info somewhere about this? I didn’t find anything about it by following the provided link. What are the 3 trailheads that it goes to? Will it be easy for me to find the “Trailhead Direct,” at the Issaquah transit center or park-and-ride? (Are there signs; is the vehicle labeled? Is it a short bus/shuttle type vehicle, or a regular bus or ??) Thanks! This is so exciting.

  3. Karen says:

    Suggestion: have signs posted on the bus for riders regarding ‘leave no trace’ and trail etiquette. So many new hikers have no idea how to treat these precious public lands.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. Lee Em says:

    Yes, I am also unclear. Doesn’t even show what dates this service is available. A link to a map showing the shuttle drop off/pick up points would be very helpful too.

    1. Thanks for your interest! The service will officially launch later this week, and the first weekend, Aug 5th and 5th, will be free. We’ll post more information as we get closer to the launch date. Stay tuned!

  5. Hi Julie, Thanks for your interest! The service will officially launch later this week, and the first weekend, Aug 5 and 6th, will be free. We’ll post more information as we get closer to the launch date. Stay tuned!

  6. William says:

    How long will the pilot project be running? If it gets enough use during the pilot phase is it likely to be extended to a regular service?

    I tried googling “Trailhead Direct” and a few variations of “King County bus to trail” and I couldn’t find anything at all on kingcounty.gov about this. It’s less than a week to launch and this post is all I could find. This seems like a really great service that isn’t being well advertised.

    1. Thanks for your interest. We’ll be promoting Trailhead Direct more once the service is up and running (starting this weekend, Aug 5th!). We’ll update this page later this week with more details (and also on Parks’ social media). This initial service will run through October, and we’ll be back in spring 2018. It’s too early to make the call about the future – King County Parks and Metro will be assessing the pilot project as we go.

  7. Brent says:

    https://seattletransitblog.com/2017/08/01/avoid-trailhead-congestion-instead-ride-a-bus/

    Here you will find more info!

  8. Micah Jerome says:

    I did some more Googling was able to find the schedule and map. It sure would be nice if they added it to their blog here, but in the meantime, here’s the link: http://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/transportation/metro/schedules/pdf/rt-trailhead-direct.ashx

  9. Trisha says:

    This is a fantastic idea! With it being Aug 2nd and this starting in 3 days, it would be great to have all the details so people have time to make plans. Thanks!

    1. Just updated our post, have a look and hit us up here or on our social media to let us know what you think when you try the service!

  10. Kelly says:

    Is there more info? This is in 2 days and there isn’t specific information about the trailhead stops, stop times, route map, etc.

    1. Thanks for your interest. We are doing an official launch event on Friday at Margaret’s Way Trailhead and just updated our post. Stay tuned for more information and fun incentives to try out the service!

  11. Nancy elkin says:

    How do I remove myself from your text alerts!!!????? I live in CA, visited once, and now keep getting texts! Thank you

    1. Click through into the email message attached to the text alert and then follow steps from the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

  12. D Rbt. Burch says:

    How many bikes can fit on the buses? In Seattle, it’s only two bikes. This can be a problem…

    1. Hi there,

      Yes, only two bikes on each transit van. https://kingcountyparks.org/2017/08/18/trailhead-direct-faqs/

    2. Two bikes!

  13. Eric F says:

    Works great. Would be even better if a bus stop could be added for Cougar Mountain, perhaps Wilderness Creek Trailhead. (The Margaret’s Way trailhead stop works great for Squak, but the road crossing of SR-900 to get to Cougar from there is too dangerous, IMHO, even though it’s right across the street).

  14. Should also note for those taking public transit sound transit 554 if you get off at the stop by the library it’s literally across the street from the east sunset way trailhead! So if you need to go during the week that’s the way to go!

  15. Ambrose Bittner says:

    What about the rest of the trailheads along the I-90 corridor. Parking is terrible along all of them. That would be real service.

  16. Heather says:

    How long will the shuttle for the fall season? Is it to the beginning of October or through the month of October?

    1. Hi Heather! This Sunday (Oct. 15th) will be the last day of service until the Spring.

  17. Lori says:

    This is such a treat! Not having to park your personal vehicle at a trailhead and this seems so safe too! Are we able to have our dog?

  18. Lori says:

    I’m very interested…are dogs allowed?

    1. Hi Lori! Yes, dogs are allowed :). This Sunday will be the last day of service until the Spring

  19. jm says:

    Through October? So this is still active for this weekend?

    1. parksmonkey says:

      Apologies for the delayed reply, jm. Program is active until the 15th of this month.

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