Taylor Mountain is a newer addition to the King County Parks system, standing out for its intersecting network of narrow trails and wide roads, and for its history of different land use practices. Between the 1880s and 1970s, the forest was repeatedly logged, and even hosted 15 miles of railroad and a handful of sawmills. Currently, it is a Forest Stewardship Council certified working forest, emphasizing sustainable management practices as well as offering recreation for hikers, mountain bike riders, and horseback riders.
The Carey Creek Trail follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek, which supports spawning Coho salmon. This is a popular trail for horseback riders, families looking for a short stroll, or anyone looking for entry into the vast network of trails on Taylor Mountain. Remember that trail etiquette is for all users to yield to horses. The Eastern portion of this trail crosses into the City of Seattle Cedar Watershed, which is open to public use as long as hikers stay on the trail.