Trailhead Direct Returns to North Bend on Memorial Day Weekend

King County Parks and King County Metro are happy to announce that the Trailhead Direct service will be returning for 2022! All aboard for the outdoors.  

Trailhead Direct is returning to North Bend beginning Saturday, May 28th, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Service will run Saturdays and Sundays through September 11th, with additional service on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

This year’s Trailhead Direct season will serve Mount Si, with buses originating at the Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link light rail station and service every 30 minutes to Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, and Little Si.

Start point: Bus stop at Broadway and East Denny Way across from Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Link light rail station.

Endpoint: Bus stop at East John Street and Broadway East, adjacent to Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Link light rail station.

Additional stops on First Hill, Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle near the University Street Link light rail station; the Eastgate Freeway Station in Bellevue; and the North Bend Park-and-Ride.

The season will launch on Saturday, May 28th and run through Sunday, September 11th. As King County Metro continues to experience workforce shortages that affect their ability to deliver service, King County Parks and {Metro worked together closely to monitor and assess how to best bring back the Trailhead Direct service. 

To protect each other, the land, and delicate ecosystems, King County Parks encourages you to Recreate Responsibly by taking these things into account when planning your Trailhead Direct adventure this summer: 

  • Plan ahead. Pack food and water and bring essentials such as hand sanitizer. Give yourself extra time to catch your return trip. 
  • Protect one another. Please do not use Trailhead Direct or other transit modes if you feel sick. 
  • Play it safe. Stay within your limits to prevent burdening search and rescue teams and health care providers. 
  • Explore responsibly. Be mindful of where you’re choosing to take a trip and your impact on the communities you visit. Always keep pets on leash. 
  • Leave no trace. Stay on the trail. Respect the land and water, as well as Native and local communities. Pack out everything you bring with you, including trash and pet waste. 
  • Build an inclusive outdoors. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for people of all races, backgrounds, and abilities. 
Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash

Metro no longer requires masks on transit, including Trailhead Direct. However, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends 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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