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.
From the parking area, hikers will pass through the gate and enter the Taylor Mountain Forest. Hang a left to follow the Carey Creek trail along this salmon-spawning stream. A mellow grade curves along with the sound of the creek. After a pleasant 1.26 miles, you will arrive at the Donkey Engine loop. Stay straight or turn left to complete the 0.91 miles that return you back to the Carey Creek Trail. All trail junctions are marked with wooden signs installed by King County Parks. This park is popular for horseback riders, and you will likely encounter some equestrian trail users on your adventure. Also, take note of the vegetation along the creek as stinging nettle is mixed in with the Salmonberry thickets that line the banks.