Seasonal Trail Closure between Oct 15 - Apr 15.
Taylor Mountain is a popular trail system for Equestrians and Hikers. There is an unfounded reputation that the area is mostly muddy and less than desirable trails. What you will find instead are fun narrow trails that are open to Mountain Bikes. The lollipop loop described below is 12 miles and 1600' of elevation gain.
The area is very popular with Equestrians keep an eye out for them as you ride on these trails. When coming up on a horse dismount on the downhill slope of the trail. If the horse is spooked it will run up the hill. If you are on the uphill side could run you down on accident.
Head North on the east side of the parking lot.
Find the Gated Road on your right ignore it and take the trail on the other side of the road.
This trail is called Holder Ridge
Continue heading in the uphill direction ignoring all the side trails.
At 3/4 of a mile look south on a clear day for great views of Mt Rainier
Continue climbing gaining just short of 700' since leaving the trail head.
Come to an intersection with a trail heading down and one continuing up
For now we will ignore this downhill trail.
Continue climbing on the switchbacks
This section of trail is called Holder Knob
The trail eventually comes to a road. Head down this road until it comes to a T. You will see a trail to your left and right.
The trail to the right goes up to the intersection we ignored earlier.(Yeah I know you can skip Holder knob climb and head down Whisky Still, but I wanted to explore everything.)
Take the trail to the left this trail is called Whisky Still. Climbing done for a while now
Down Whisky Still fun windy trail come out to the road and keep going straight do not go up the road to your left.
Take the first right this trail is called Mt. Beaver. (Keep yourself in check as to not scare any horses on this section)
Cross the bridge and ignore the stuff to the right. (The section to the right dead ends and is a mud pit)
Instead after the bridge hang a left and ignore the unofficial looking sign that the trail is closed.
Hike over the slide area only 10' in length to get back on the trail on the other side and continue on. This trail is Carey Creek.
Continue on this trail crossing the creek once. Ignore all the side trails and stay on the main trail.
Come to a clearing and the Carey Creek trail will soon exit to a road.
Stay on the road you will pass another trail head.
Continue on the road it is a nice gentle climb coming to an intersection.
Take the road to the left
(Going straight on the road instead will take you back to the cars)
Will see a trail on the left called Boot Hill. This section of trail is rolling in the downhill direction
Ignore the trail to the left (Mt. Beaver) and continue straight
Come to a road keep straight this will put you back on Whisky Still. Rolling climb back to another road
Exit Whisky Still and continue straight across the road to the trail on the other side.
Climb up to an intersection and take a left. This is Holder Ridge, follow it back to the cars
90 from SeattleEast on I90At exit 25 take ramp right for WA-18Turn right onto SR-18Take ramp right toward Hobart/IssaquahTurn left onto Issaquah Hobart RD SERoad name changes to 276th AveOn the left look for a large sign stating Taylor Mountain. (On the right will be SE 188th SE)Turn left at the Taylor Mountain signTurn right at the first intersection for the Trail Head34 Miles around a 40 minute drive from SeattleSR-18East on SR-18 EastTake ramp right toward Hobart / IssaquahTurn right onto 276th Ave SEOn the right look for a large sign stating Taylor Mountain. (On the left will be SE 188th SE)Turn right at the Taylor Mountain signTurn right at the first intersection for the Trail Head
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04/29/2013Taylor Mountain (King County Park)
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