Holder Ridge Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 695 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

NOTE: As of May 19, 2020, users have reported that a few places where the trail is washed out, but passable and some parts of the trail were closed. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Trail begins across the forest road from the parking lot. Easy hike shared with horses and bikes with a few views along the way. Fairly well maintained but some muddy spots.

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closed
washed out
3 days ago

Sadly, the trail was closed due to storm damage.

hiking
12 days ago

Very green right now, full of tiny wildflowers. Plenty of space in the parking lot, showed up at 10am on a drizzly Saturday (during Covid). A few places where the trail is washed out, but passable. Some parts of the trail were closed. A few nettles close to the trail - would be careful with little ones, I got some small blisters on my hand for about 20 minutes after brushing up against one. Very slight muddy in the rain, really nice hike.

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13 days ago

Yeah, Taylor is open again.

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closed
2 months ago

Parts were closed to hiking

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2 months ago

Simple hike, no great views. Little bit muddy, but totally passable. Mainly a horse trail, but the kids enjoyed seeing the horse picnic area and tie ups. And of course, we always enjoy stopping by the creek for some river time.

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2 months ago

Nice day to get out, no views though.

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muddy
2 months ago

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4 months ago

If zacs

recorded Taylor Mountain Loop

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muddy
4 months ago

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muddy
8 months ago

A nice loop. Decent workout on the way up but not too strenuous. Took my small dog and he had an easy time. Only saw one person the whole time. A little muddy but not too bad. 9-14-2019 10:30-noon

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over grown
rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

This trail was just OK. Like others have said there was horse poop here and there, but this is a horse trail too so adjust your expectations. And signage could b better, but there is a printed map at the trailhead info sign. The "loop" portion that takes you back to the parking lot on a road is where this lost me. The grade down is just steep enough that we slipped several times in the loose gravel. If you make this an out and back it would be a more pleasant, though moderately challenging hike.

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10 months ago

nice elevation gain and easy terrain to walk in but covered in horse poop. also not very wide so you have to be careful for the stinging nettles that crowd either side of the trail.

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Mon Apr 29 2019

Easy hike/trail run. Only saw 2 people on horseback at the tail end of my run. Logged 5 miles with Ridge and Knob trail and a quick jaunt over to the creek at the end for a snack break. Instead of the service road, I did the lollipop- ridge trail, knob, briefly on Road A, and back to ridge trail. Conditions were great for late April. Gorgeous sunny day. Only slightly muddy, but not too wet. Not many bugs. Fresh Evidence of horses, as expected. Peekaboo views of the mountains along the way, and a picnic table and horse tie-ups at the top (horse picnic area).

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blowdown
Mon Jan 21 2019

A lot of horse mud. And I got a calf cramp. So gimped out. But like always Chester loved it

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muddy
Sat Jan 19 2019

Really easy trail, didn’t quite care too much for the road portion of it but still real beautiful and easy!!

Tue Nov 13 2018

Doggy park daycare

Sun May 13 2018

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.

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Sun Mar 18 2018

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.

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Mon Mar 12 2018

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

Thu Jan 04 2018

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.

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Sun Oct 15 2017

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

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Sat Oct 07 2017

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

Fri Oct 06 2017

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

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Sat Sep 30 2017

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

Sun Sep 24 2017

horseback riding
Thu Jul 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.

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Wed Jul 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.

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