Taylor Mountain


Day Hike - Taylor Mountain

Enjoy a moderately easy Sunday morning half-day exploring some of the varied trails in King County's Taylor Forest including the Holder Ridge, Whiskey Still, Boot and Mt. Beaver trails plus forest roads. These are trails shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The terrain is varied with a mix or broad and narrow, clear and shaded, dirt and loose rock surfaces.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 950 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

8:00 am by the sign board at the Taylor Mountain trailhead car parking lot. It's a quarter-mile past SR 18 on the east side of 276th Avenue SE. 

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/KeYXF5B8WErWFY4G9

Full directions will be provided once registration closes on Aug. 12

The extensive trail system at King County’s Taylor Mountain Forest is used by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems and provide passive recreational opportunities. We will explore some of this forest, following a number of narrow trails including Holder Ridge and Nob (where we should get glimpse of Mt. Rainier on a clear day), Whiskey Still, Boot and Mt. Beaver Trails ending at the Carey Creek Bridge from where we will retrace our steps. The last mile back will be on a wider trail: Forest  Roads A.

Parking at the trailhead is free and no trail pass is needed.

I plan we take the popular narrow Holder trails first while they are likely less busy. The combination of out and back and loop trails will involve a total distance of 6.7 miles with about 950ft elevation gain. We will have drink/snack breaks along the way with lunch on our own after returning to the trailhead. I’m aiming for a 2-mph average moving speed. So, if you are interested in this trip please make sure it’s a comfortable distance, elevation gain and speed for you.

 HIKING UNDER COVID 19: All participants are requested to be fully vaccinated including booster shots where eligible.

 FURTHER DETAILS: Full trip details will be emailed to those who have signed up as soon as registration closes at 5 pm on Aug. 12. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions: Chris Ensor cgensor@gmail.com


Taylor Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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