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Taylor Mountain - Holder Creek

Issaquah Alps


Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain
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1.46 miles, one-way


Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.


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Taylor Mountain is a newer addition to the King County Parks system, standing out for its intersecting network of narrow trails and wide roads, and for its history of different land use practices. Between the 1880s and 1970s, the forest was repeatedly logged, and even hosted 15 miles of railroad and a handful of sawmills. Currently, it is a Forest Stewardship Council certified working forest, emphasizing sustainable management practices as well as recreation for hikers, mountain bike riders, and horseback riders.  

The Holder Creek Trail starts at the parking lot. After the first of many creek crossing, the trail promptly arrives at a junction with the Holder Ridge Trail. For Holder Creek, stay left along a short section that parallels Highway 18. The noise of traffic fades as the creek-side brush thickens and the sound of running water takes over. Continue on as the creek flows closer, then farther from the trail. After about a mile, hikers leave the valley and begin a gradual ascent to trail’s end at the intersection with Road K. From here, there are several good loop options that take advantage of the vast network of trails at Taylor Mountain.


Taylor Mountain - Holder Creek

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Co-ordinates: 47.4324, -121.9713 Open map in new window


Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

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Taylor Mountain Forest Map

Buy the Green TrailsTiger Mountain No. 204S map

Getting There

From I-90, take exit 25 and head south on highway 18. Take the exit for Issaquah-Hobart Road and turn south on Issaquah-Hobart Road. After 0.5 miles pull into the Taylor Mountain Trailhead on your left. The parking area can hold 25 trucks with horse trailers and 25 standard vehicles. Bathroom on site. 

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