nature trips


This trail is definitely best suited for biking. As a hiking trail I would rate it easy, not hard. I hiked this early morning on August 3 and it was very foggy and rainy. Still, the hike was very enjoyable.

Happy hiking!

Very much so a horse back riding trail. Lots of horse poop! Also not really any views or great destination. A quick through the trees hike. Lots of garden snakes.

I didn't realize when I picked this one that it's a horseback riding trail. I chose it because it was lightly trafficked, but now I know why! The main trail is a gravel road with hardly any elevation and no views. There's little loops you can take that veer off the main road, however they're short and pretty muddy with a fair amount of horse poop. I hate to be negative, but it's definitely not what I was expecting! I would save this for horseback riding only.

Confused how this trail even has the rating it has. I filtered local hikes by ones that had good views at the top and this one popped up. It was only minutes away from my house so it seemed like a good day hike, however I did not see one good view the entire time. The picture of rainier on the cover of this hike is apparently from an offshoot trail on the way up which you can only discover from reading other reviews. The posted signs are extremely difficult to understand as well, coming from someone who has done quite a bit of hiking in this area. There are a decent amount of signs but the way the arrows are placed makes it difficult to tell where you should actually go. Aside from that, it’s just a boring trail in general. It’s basically a glorified trail walk with a decent elevation gain, would only recommend if you want a workout and it’s in your backyard like it is for me.

5 months ago

Went on Saturday morning. Lightly trafficked by hikers, but did run into a couple of horses. Great trail but very muddy in parts.

6 months ago

The signage was a little misleading. We ended up on the Holder creek trail I think, which we do not recommend. You can hear the highway during the hike. If you stay on it long enough you end up on the side of the highway. The creek is nice though. And the trail is wide enough for two people at times.

Can see Mt. Rainer at times, but there wasn't a really amazing view. Nice quick hike. Lots of horses, which was neat.

great morning hike before the horses come, tons of trails to explore and bridges !

Quit complaining about horse poop. The horsemen have kept this as well as other Taylor mtn trails open. Also, it is Not a dog leash trail. I’ve been to meetings about this. Almost too bad they improved the parking. It has way more traffic than it used to.

This is a great short hike, very close to home. Rather easy, but several options including coming out at the top of tiger mtn where highway 18 is.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nice easy hike, plenty of parking space and not very crowded trail.

rock climbing
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Had a good time with old man Benjamin today. Great day for a walk in the woods.

Friday, October 06, 2017

This trail is a nice flowing trail run, zero view at the top. Chirico parking lot was full so here I was

Saturday, September 30, 2017

we've never seen another person on the trail, very quiet. lots of horse poop. not bad though for a easy hike.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

horseback riding
Thursday, July 27, 2017

This is a great trail. Lots of horses on this so yes lots of poop. lovely pinic area ontop and place for the horses too.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's hard to enjoy this hike when one has to repeatedly sidestep heaps and heaps of horse droppings scattered throughout this dusty trail.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Quiet, well marked trails.

Monday, May 22, 2017

It was a beautiful day and the trail was dry, certainly a steady upward climb for the first half of the trail, but nothing terribly steep. Momentary views of Mt. Rainier towards the top. Decent trail, just wish more of the side paths had better signage, had to keep checking the app.

scenic driving
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Horse poop. As long as Chester doesn't eat it or roll in it I'm ok with it

Monday, March 13, 2017

Another doggy day. Did run into a town clown but after a mile all good

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Went up after fresh heavy snow. Couple of trees down over the trail but manageable.

trail running
Monday, January 09, 2017

too cold to cross the creek so we went back over the bridge towards the Y and headed parrell with the service road. hit a T in the road and went left to the top looped back around and came down service road when we got to the top 5mile trip ! perfect weather conditions today , horse poop but it was frozen.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

nice close day hike

Monday, September 05, 2016

Not a bad hike once you get into the woods. Too much time on roads for our taste.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nice clear trail, good markings. Steady hike.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Good hike for beginners,instead of looping around and taking Road A, we went up and took road A to Road K, then down holder creek trail. Maps are available in the parking lot. Basically alone the whole hike. All the trails were well maintained besides holder creek trail. Holder creek trail hasn't been used in a while and it requires you to cross the creek (which is quiet wide). Still a fun hike for all skill levels and many wildflowers.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Easy hike overall, I would recommend to anyone who is looking to get themselves and/or their family some fresh air outside. The ridge got muddy when it rained but the trail is mostly shaded by the tree canopies. Limited views of surrounding areas. There was plenty of signs to guide us through all the different forks. My group saw lots of varying wild flowers, snails, and slugs. Not crowded for a weekend so it was nice and quiet for the most part. I could easily do this hike again with friends!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

I would rate this trail moderate. It has an almost steady although mostly mild incline all the way to the top. It was beautiful walking in the woods but not a great view at the top due to foliage. We went with my 6 year old and 3 year old and it was definitely too much for the three year old. He was carried 3/4 of the way. Also if you don't like snakes this is not the hike for you. We saw several garter snakes. Also wear shoes you don't mind getting horse poop on as this is also an equestrian trail. Over all though it was a good hike.

scenic driving
Friday, July 17, 2015

This is a nice easy hike. There's a parking lot that fits about 20 cars I'd say. It starts out with a trail leading through the woods, it eventually splits so that you can either go to a little river / creek, or you can start heading up the mountain. It took me, my little brother & my dog about 30 minutes to get up the mountain. Once at the top, there's a picnic table & a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier (on a sunny day). Recommend for beginners or someone just wanting to do a simple hike with a good view.

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