Day Hike - Taylor Mountain


Day Hike - Taylor Mountain

Explore some of the varied trails in King County's Taylor Forest including the Holder Ridge, Whiskey Still, and Boot Trails plus logging 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. Initial priority will be given to those on the wait list for my Aug. 7 hike on the same trails. Registration will open to others on Aug. 19.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,100 ft
  • Pace: 2 MPH average moving speed

Meet ready to hike at 8:30 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. 

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Driving directions and other trip details will be emailed to those who sign up as soon as registration closes at 5 pm on Sept 2.


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 this forest, following a number of narrow trails including Holder Ridge and Nob (where we should get a good view of Mt. Rainier on a clear day), Whiskey Still and Boot Trails plus wide forest tracks like Roads A and D. I plan we take the narrow trails first while they are likely less busy and the broader trails later to made a figure of “8” loop of just over 6 miles with close to 800ft elevation gain.


All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow hikers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip.  

All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a backpack containing the 10 essentials. Whereever possible all group member will maintain the 6ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead.

Full trip details and further current hike safely under COVID information will be emailed to those who sign up as soon as registration closes at 5 pm on Sept. 2.

In the interim please contact the leader with any questions: Chris Ensor or 206-794-5198


Taylor Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Face covering (mask, bandanna or muff)
  12. Hand sanitizer
  13. Whistle to attract attention if injured or lost
  14. Backpack to carry the 10 essential (wear face covering and carry sanitizer and whistle on your person)
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