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Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps > Taylor Mountain
47.4147, -121.9257 Map & Directions
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
527 feet
Highest Point
888 feet
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Mushroom found along Carey Creek Trail. Photo by ehiker Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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This popular path for horseback riders follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek to connect with the Taylor Mountain trail network. Continue reading

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Hiking Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

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 offering recreation for hikers, mountain bike riders, and horseback riders.  

The Carey Creek Trail follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek, which supports spawning Coho salmon. This is a popular trail for horseback riders, families looking for a short stroll, or anyone looking for entry into the vast network of trails on Taylor Mountain. Remember that trail etiquette is for all users to yield to horses. The Eastern portion of this trail crosses into the City of Seattle Cedar Watershed, which is open to public use as long as hikers stay on the trail. 

Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4147, -121.9257 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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 1.6 miles, turn east on SE 208th St. After two miles you will arrive at the Trailhead. Use the gravel pull-outs on either side of the road to park. Be courteous to horseback riders by leaving room for horse trailers. Please do not block the gates. 

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