Taylor Mountain

  • Date:
    2012/12/07
    Car-to-car:
    5 hours 44 minutes
    Elevation gain:
    1,250 feet
    Trip type:
    scramble
    USGS quad:
    Hobart
    In:
    Issaquah Alps
  • GPS track
    GPS track
  • I parked on the shoulder of Highway 18 at the gate on Road 35900, near the Tiger Summit trail head.
    I parked on the shoulder of Highway 18 at the gate on Road 35900, near the Tiger Summit trail head.
  • Cauliflower mushroom
    Cauliflower mushroom
  • This pleasant old logging road petered out in a slash pile.  After that I headed cross-country, south toward the watershed boundary.
    This pleasant old logging road petered out in a slash pile. After that I headed cross-country, south toward the watershed boundary.
  • High-quality lowland brush. This section between the old logging road and the watershed border had the worst brush of the trip.
    High-quality lowland brush. This section between the old logging road and the watershed border had the worst brush of the trip.
  • Witch's butter?
    Witch's butter?
  • The brush just outside the watershed border was not so bad.
    The brush just outside the watershed border was not so bad.
  • The watershed boundary was marked with a continuous line of these concrete fence posts strung with barbed wire.
    The watershed boundary was marked with a continuous line of these concrete fence posts strung with barbed wire.
  • I found devils club thorns in my bicep when I was taking a shower after this trip.  I also had some thorns in the soles of my feet!
    I found devils club thorns in my bicep when I was taking a shower after this trip. I also had some thorns in the soles of my feet!
  • The summit of Taylor Mountain was this gigantic slash pile.
    The summit of Taylor Mountain was this gigantic slash pile.
  • While pushing through brush, I was stopped by a particularly bad section of brush.  I tried to shove through but it held me back.  Closer inspection revealed that I was trying to push through this barbed wire hidden under the brush.
    While pushing through brush, I was stopped by a particularly bad section of brush. I tried to shove through but it held me back. Closer inspection revealed that I was trying to push through this barbed wire hidden under the brush.
  • I continued SE toward Brew Hill, skirting the watershed boundary.  Unfortunately, I discovered that the boundary has expanded eastward since my map was made and has completely engulfed Brew Hill.  I followed the new boundary east for a while, eventually it became very brushy and I gave up.
    I continued SE toward Brew Hill, skirting the watershed boundary. Unfortunately, I discovered that the boundary has expanded eastward since my map was made and has completely engulfed Brew Hill. I followed the new boundary east for a while, eventually it became very brushy and I gave up.
  • It started snowing heavily on my way down.
    It started snowing heavily on my way down.
  • I was happy to see Highway 18 and to know that I would soon be in my heated car!
    I was happy to see Highway 18 and to know that I would soon be in my heated car!

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