Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 2011-12-04

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Edward Earl
Date:Sunday, December 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Taylor Mountain
    Elevation:2600 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is "taylor" made for a bicyle ascent. Neither of us is a particularly skilled mountain biker, but we were able to ride a good percentage of the way up and the entire way down, all on old logging roads in good condition. We got our bikes to within a few feet of the summit--the logging road ends near some brush and an enormous 10-foot high pile of logging slash and debris that is the highest ground around. The highest natural ground is nearby in the thick bushes.

The obstacles we faced were: pumping up the flat tire of Edward's bike in the parking lot; a dangerous crossing of Highway 18 and its 65 mph traffic; having to lift our bikes over the gate where the dirt road starts and over a tree blocking the road higher up; a few tiny patches of hard snow on the road; and some steep sections of road where we pushed our bikes uphill.

Follow the GPS track posted here for our route, which I retreived from Craig Willis's SummitPost page. The logging roads do not appear on the USGS map, nor any of the Green Trails maps. The land is private but open to non-motorized recreation. Note that the Taylor Mountain State forest to the south does not include the summit of the peak, and also note that the south side of the summit is in the off-limits Cedar River watershed.

I took us about 3 hours car-to-car, including a half-hour or so on the summit. This is a good winter trip for days when you need a easy 1000-foot prominence peak close to Seattle and you have limited daylight or limited personal time.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1750 ft / 533 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:N Side Logging Rds
    Trailhead:WA 18 - Tiger Mtn TH  1350 ft / 411 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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