Hoping to get outside this summer? Now it’s easier than ever. Starting on Saturday, May 28, you can take a bus on Saturdays and Sundays from Seattle to the trailheads at Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, and Little Si. No car, no problem!
The 2022 Trailhead Direct season is starting up again on Saturday, May 28, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. This makes it possible for Seattleites without cars to enjoy some of the beautiful trails that Washington State offers.
The service will run on Saturdays and Sundays up until Sunday, September 11. There will also be service on the following holidays: Memorial Day (Monday, May 30), Independence Day (Monday, July 4), and Labor Day (Monday, September 5).
Keep in mind that this service is weekends-only. To see the transit schedules and plan your trip, visit King County Metro’s online Puget Sound Trip Planner. You can also check out this season’s Trailhead Direct route here.
As always when hiking the trails, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Plan ahead by bringing a map and plenty of food and water, and be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to catch the bus back to the city. Check the weather before you go and tell a friend about your plans. Stay on the trails and leave no trace, being sure to pack out any trash or belongings that you bring with you. If you bring your furry friend, remember that you must keep dogs leashed and pick up after them (and note that larger dogs may be subject to additional fare).
You can pay for your fare using cash or your ORCA card (read up on the recent ORCA system upgrades here). Masks are no longer required on Seattle public transit, although it is still strongly encouraged by Public Health.
If you plan to bring your bike with you to the trails, know that there are bike racks but space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis and that mountain biking is only allowed at the East Sunset Way Trailhead.
Happy hiking, Seattle!