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Acquired by King County in 1997, Taylor Mountain Forest sits on the southwest side of Taylor Mountain, near the community of Hobart in eastern King County. It is a critical habitat link between large tracts of public land that include the City of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed and Tiger Mountain State Forest.
From red alder and black cottonwood to salmonberry and lady fern, Taylor Mountain features a mosaic of forest stands and wetland areas. The park’s 75 wetlands provide high quality habitat for fish and wildlife and important flood storage capacity. Taylor Mountain Forest is also home to two major tributaries of Issaquah Creek, Holder Creek and Carey Creek, which provide more than five miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon. The 1822-acre site is a working forest that King County manages to conserve, protect and restore the health of the area's ecosystems and to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management. Taylor Mountain Forest is also popular for its trails and recreational opportunities. This cache was placed as part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the use of Conservation Futures. Since 1982, King County had partnered with cities, nonprofit groups and civic leaders to protect 111,000 acres of land from development including 99,000 acres of Cascade foothills; 3,200 acres of urban greenbelts and parks; 4 miles of Puget Sound shoreline; 4,700 acres of riparian habitat on rivers and creeks; and leveraged $150 million in matching funds. Access: Consensus among cachers who have found this hide is that these parking coordinates off 208th are closer/better than original directions from KC. N47 24.888 W1215.500 10/16/2012 Original parking directions from KC: There is a small gravel lot off of 276th Ave SE near the intersection with SE 188th St. Roadside shoulder parking is also available. Acreage: 1822 acres Use: hiking, equestrian, mountain biking
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