Nothing spoils a serenity day in nature like fighting for a parking spot at the trailhead. Starting May 28, Seattle residents bound for North Bend will be able to avoid freeway traffic and parking lots with King County Metro’s Trailhead Direct, a seasonal bus service.
A 32-seat bus departs from Capitol Hill Link Station every half hour on weekends and select midweek holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day). Service begins at 7:39 a.m. each active day, and buses run through stops in downtown Seattle and Eastgate Station in Bellevue before dropping off summit seekers at the trailheads of Mount Teneriffe, Mount Si, and the small If an hour later.
Bus trips require careful planning, as the last buses to Seattle depart from the trio of departure points before 7 p.m. The Trailhead Direct rides will run throughout the summer and give their final ride on September 11.
Dogs and bicycles are welcome on board, but the latter are only permitted at the East Sunset Way trailhead, 27 km from the nearest stop. The buses are wheelchair accessible, but the trails are less so. Although masks are still recommended for transportation to the trailhead, they are no longer required.
In addition to parking peace of mind, the transit pilot project aims to ease traffic congestion, provide an eco-friendly alternative to direct energy guzzlers to natural areas, and expand access to popular hiking destinations for those who don’t. don’t have personal wheels. It is not necessary to obtain a Discover Pass ($10-30); instead, a round-trip adult fare of $5.50 allows hikers to have boots on the ground for less than the price of gas. Call it a truly conscious exit from the Earth.