Elk Ridge Trail - Taylor Mtn

Taylor Mountain - King County Parks Department and Seattle Public Utilities

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Jan 24, 2015


Working on turnpike, Elk Ridge trail, Taylor Mountain

WTA is helping King County and Seattle Public Utilities develop a comprehensive trail system within Taylor Mountain Forest. We have several projects to focus on this spring. The Elk Ridge trail has a stream ford that needs to be relocated because of a failing hillside on the approach to the ford. This relocation will be a big project and will take up the majority of our time. We are working on some large turnpikes at the new stream crossing and a retaining wall along a steep hillside. The trail also has some muddy areas that need to be addressed with effective drainage. There are a lot of fun projects on this trail so come out and enjoy this quiet corner of Taylor Mountain.

Taylor Mountain Forest. King County Parks Department and Seattle Public Utilities are the proud owners of this once fertile source of timber harvesting, but which has now been designated for passive recreational development and environmental education. A new development plan calls for closing old logging roads and some environmentally damaging trails, and the development of a comprehensive trail system. Washington Trails has been asked to participate in this venture. When completed, there will be improved trails along Elk Ridge and Carey Creeks, as well as some great walks through the woods.

Driving directions:
From I-90, get off at Front Street in Issaquah. Proceed south on Front Street (which becomes the Issaquah-Hobart Road) for about 8 miles until you reach the intersection with Hwy 18. Pass under Hwy 18 and in a short distance go straight through the traffic signal. Immediately look for the dirt road entrance to Taylor Mountain on your left. If you get to Hobart, you have gone too far. Approximate driving time from Seattle: 45 minutes. If you're driving during rush-hour, 55 minutes. From the south, take 1-5 north to Hwy 18 (east). Stay on Hwy 18 for approximately 20 miles and take the exit toward HOBART/ISSAQUAH. At the traffic signal make a right and immediately look for the dirt road entrance to Taylor Mountain on your left. Driving time from Olympia: 1 hr 15min.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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