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Taylor Mountain - Hermit Trail

Issaquah Alps > Taylor Mountain
47.4147, -121.9257 Map & Directions
2.24 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
750 feet
Highest Point
1,500 feet
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Mossy cedar tree. Photo by Kim Brown. Full-size image

Wander through the eastern reaches of Taylor Mountain Forest. Continue reading

  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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Hiking Taylor Mountain - Hermit 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 recreation for hikers, mountain bike riders, and horseback riders.  

The Hermit Trail meanders through the forest on the Eastern edge of Taylor Mountain Forest. In order to access this trail you must first hike a series of roads, or take the Elk Ridge Trail for 1.6 miles to the end where it turns into the Hermit Trail. A wooden sign marks the way at each trail junction. After the first 0.21 miles on the Hermit Trail, you’ll have to do a short jog on a service road to connect with the remainder of the trail. From here, begin a gradual climb of about 150 feet to trail’s end.    

You will likely encounter horseback riders as this is a popular spot for them. This trail is closed between October 15th and April 15th to prevent erosion and the resulting runoff from entering the salmon-spawning creek below.

Taylor Mountain - Hermit 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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