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's trails are used by hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems, and provide passive recreational opportunities.
The Taylor Mountain Public Use Plan and Trails Assessment (2004) was a partnership planning project between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WADNR), King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP), and the City of Seattle - Cedar River Watershed. The plan identifies recreational opportunities, backcountry trails, and development and maintenance needs in in the greater Taylor Mountain area.
Acquired by King County in 1997, Taylor Mountain Forest sits on the southwest side of Taylor Mountain, near the community of Hobart in eastern King County. It is a critical habitat link between large tracts of public land that include the City of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed and Tiger Mountain State Forest.
From red alder and black cottonwood to salmonberry and lady fern, Taylor Mountain features a mosaic of forest stands and wetland areas. The park’s 75 wetlands provide high quality habitat for fish and wildlife and important flood storage capacity. Taylor Mountain Forest is also home to two major tributaries of Issaquah Creek, Holder Creek and Carey Creek, which provide more than five miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon.
The 1822-acre site is a working forest that King County manages to conserve, protect and restore the health of the area's ecosystems and to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management. Taylor Mountain Forest is also popular for its trails and recreational opportunities.
Trail length: 33 trails - approx 10 miles; Approx 10 miles of forest service roads
Use: hiking, equestrian, mountain biking