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 primarily used by hikers and equestrians. The trail and roads are open to mountain bikes. All visitors are required to follow common trail use etiquette. 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.
Taylor Mountain 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
Primary Use: hiking, equestrian
Other Uses: mountain biking
Access: parking area includes room for 25 trucks and horse trailers, plus 25 standard vehicles, along with handicap parking that includes one for a horse trailer and truck.
Taylor Mountain Forest Stewardship Plan
The Taylor Mountain Forest Stewardship Plan provides guidance for the stewardship of the Taylor Mountain Forest.
The Taylor Mountain Forest management goals are:
- Protect, enhance and restore ecological systems
- Restore the health and diversity of the forest
- Demonstrate environmentally sound forest management through sustainable timber production
- Maintain forest roads to state requirements
- Provide passive recreational opportunities for the public
- Enhance opportunities for environmental education
Taylor Mountain Forest Stewardship Plan - (410 Kb, not including figures and appendices below)
Taylor Mountain Forest Information and Public Use Plan
The Taylor Mountain Public Use Plan and Trails Assessment is a partnership planning project between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WADNR), King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (KCDNRP), and the City of Seattle - Cedar River Watershed. The plan identifies appropriate low-impact recreational opportunities in the greater Taylor Mountain Area.
The purpose of the plan is to:
- Provide low-impact recreational opportunities for the public, while preserving the site's forestry, ecological, wildlife and water quality values.
- Provide recommendations for a public trail system and facilities within the planning area, which extends from Snoqualmie Point to the north, to Tiger Mountain State Forest through Taylor Mountain Forest, and including a small portion of the Cedar River Watershed outside of the watershed's hydrologic boundary, to the south.
- Focus on identifying opportunities for trails by using existing forest roads and trails. This will include identifying road to trail conversions, needed new trail construction and trails closures.
- Provide a working document that inventories the trails, analyzes trail upgrades, provides cost estimates and includes a plan for trail maintenance and upgrades to the trail network
- Address required trailheads and facilities to support public use within the Taylor Mountain planning area.
If you have any questions about the plan, please contact Tina Miller by phone at 206-296-2990 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Table of Contents (7.7 Kb)
Taylor Mountain Public Use Plan (124 Kb, not including figures below)
Figure 1 - Vicinity Map (1.79 MB)
Figure 2a - Existing Conditions: Southwest (1.83 MB)
Figure 2b - Existing Conditions: Northeast (890 Kb)
Figure 3a - Public Use Concept: Southwest (210 Kb)
Figure 3b - Public Use Concept: Northeast (293 Kb)
Figure 4 - Proposed Loop Trail (182 Kb)
The trails assessment portion of the report is available on request from Tina Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org 206-296-2990.
The Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC) provided the funding to prepare this plan through a Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) grant.