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 Ridge Trail starts at the parking lot and quickly crosses a small creek. Soon you will come to a junction where the Holder Creek Trail splits off to the left. Stay right and begin ascending the flanks of Holder Ridge. After some meandering, the trail crests the ridge and drops a couple hundred feet to another creek crossing. From here, the trail gently traverses a second slope, eventually coming to an end at its intersection with the Holder Knob trail. At this point hikers can either head back the way they came or continue exploring the many trails on Taylor Mountain.