Taylor Mountain Sunset Hike with Fire

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.

**Driving Directions**

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.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to get out even in the rain. Wish I could have stayed for the fire.

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an awesome hike, thanks so much!

    November 2, 2012

  • Ewerton Scaboro da S.

    It was good to see you too Ravi! LOL
    I was the one on the other side of the mountain :)

    November 2, 2012

  • ben

    I got lost, and could not find the trailhead

    November 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      It helps to get there during daylight.

      November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was rainy, but the fire was impressive...until it rained again. No worries: Mother nature at work.

    November 2, 2012

  • Scooter

    Wet but still fun...thanks Brent!

    November 2, 2012

  • Jen F

    I'm just getting out of a company meeting... Are you guys on your way?

    November 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, Andrea and I just drove thru Issaquah and will be at the trailhead around 5:15.. there are folks on the trail now. We will call Ravi when we arrive and they are going to go back to the trailhead to meet us . So if you can be there by 5:15, you should come.

      November 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, Andrea and I just drove thru Issaquah and will be at the trailhead around 5:15.. there are folks on the trail now. We will call Ravi when we arrive and they are going to go back to the trailhead to meet us . So if you can be there by 5:15, you should come.

      November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, we'll wait for ya, come on over!

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brent, any chance we can meet at Sno Valley Coffee a bit earlier and either carpool or take multiple cars? Also, I can carry a couple lbs of "group" stuff (Firewood? Lighter fluid? Etc) if you want. Thanks for organizing this!

    November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving from Redmond and have 3 spots in my car. Text me at[masked] if you want a ride.

    November 1, 2012

  • Andrea B.

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Seattle? Let me know! [masked]

    November 1, 2012

    • Andrea B.

      Hi Holly, great:) What is your number and/or email? Would you be okay meeting in the U-District, maybe at U Village around 3:30 pm? I can drive, if you can bring directions!

      November 1, 2012

    • Andrea B.

      Feel free to send me a text with your contact info, if you don't want to post it

      November 1, 2012

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