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 Trailhead, walk the Carey Creek Trail for 1.26 miles until it meets up with the Mount Beaver Trail. Once on the Mount Beaver Trail, hikers will begin a gentle climb up and away from Carey Creek. After 0.58 miles, the Mount Beaver Trail will end at the junction with the Boot Trail, giving hikers many options of continuing their hike into other parts of Taylor Mountain.