The weatherman is predicting partially sunny weather Friday, so let's go to Taylor Mountain for an evening hike and fire to enjoy the sunset for the last time this hiking season. This is an easy, slow-paced hike (under 4-mile round trip with an 800-foot gain).
The plan is to hike to the Taylor Mt summit for sunset views and a snack. Then, just before dark, we would head back down toward the car. About a mile from the parking lot, there is a bench and fire pit where we will build a fire. I will plan to stay until about 8:30 or 9:00 before hiking back to the car. Of course, feel free to stay later by the camp fire.
Taylor Mountain Forest is located south and east of Tiger Mountain, south of I-90 and east of SR 18, between the communities of Hobart and North Bend in eastern King County. The 1822-acre site, which offers sweeping views of Mount Rainier, forested wetlands, and meadows of wild flowers, provides an important habitat link between the City of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed and Tiger Mountain State Forest.
From I-90 or I-5, go onto Highway 18. On the south side of Tiger Summit, exit onto the Issaquah-Hobart road. Cross under SR 18 and drive another 0.25 mile, passing Holder Creek at SE 188th Street. Park near Holder Creek. There is a large parking area for Taylor Mountain. We will have to park outside the gate on the road since they lock it at sunset. My truck with Pacific Northwest Hikers & Backpackers sign will be on the street outside the steel gate, and I will be in the parking area inside the gate with another sign.
**What to Bring**
Bring a flashlight, warm cloths, dinner, and extra water so we can put out the camp fire before leaving.