Hike of the Week Fridays -Taylor Mountain - Issaquah




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.

Taylor Mountain represents an experiment in forest management. Over the decades, loggers took what they could from the 1700-acre forest, leaving behind a mess of scrub brush and second- (and third-) growth trees. But that young forest has filled in nicely and nature is once more proving that, given the chance, it can recover on its own.

Few true trails exist as yet in the Taylor Mountain Forest, but there are some rough-hewn routes, and there are many miles of old logging road to explore. The best bet is to grab a map (Taylor Mountain is well represented on the corner of the Green Trails Tiger Mountain map) and go exploring.

A faint trail leads away from the Issaquah-Hobart Road alongside Holder Creek. You can follow this path for up to 2 miles as it parallels the creek along its first mile. Enjoy the lush green maple and alder groves, heavily laden with moss and fern that flank the creek. The last mile of this path climbs the long ridge that separates Holder Creek from Carey Creek. You'll find an old logging road at 1100 feet near the 2-mile mark. Turn around here. 

                        Driving Directions:

From I-90 take exit 17 (Front Street), and turn right (south) onto Front Street and continue south through Issaquah. Front Street becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road as you leave town. Continue south along this road to its junction with State Route 18. Cross under SR 18 and drive another 0.25 mile, passing Holder Creek at SE 188th Street. Park near Holder Creek.

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  • Bev M.

    Yes, a really fun walk with the Goldens who held off the rain! Thanks Kathy!

    June 28

  • Kathy L.

    It was "Hiking with The Golden Dogs" today. It can never be dreary when the yellow dogs get together. Nice little hike today. Just what the doctor ordered.

    June 27

  • Kathy L.

    Lodge Lake hike is now Taylor Mountain Hike, Please do not go to North Bend, but to Taylor Mountain in Issaquah. Come prepared for rain (I think it is just supposed to be showery and not downpour) and mud.

    June 26

  • Sheila G.

    Sorry folks. Tucker and I are going to have to step back and not attend tomorrow. I normally go in where "angels fear to tred" regardless - but this cold was a mean one and I am being cautious about recovery. Have a grand time and I'll be back!!

    June 26

    • Kathy L.

      Take care of yourself, Sheila. Hope Tucker and you are able to join us again soon.

      June 26

  • Kathy L.

    I am keeping an eye on the weather forecast. If it is going to be a rainy day I may change the hike to something closer in like Tiger Mtn or Cougar Mtn. No point in going to the pass for views when there aren't any. Stay tuned and I will let you know of the change early Friday morning. Forecast changes hourly it seems so no point in making the decision to soon.

    June 25

  • Sheila G.

    I have signed up and plan to go, however, recovering from a bad cold. Hope to be back to previous energy level by Friday.

    June 24

    • mary

      I hope you recover by Friday. We've missed you and Tucker!

      June 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy would I be able to carpool with you Perhaps?

    June 21

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