Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Holder Ridge

Updated 12-30-2014

Close in hike  is part of the King County Park system and is south of Issaquah and off the Issaquah-Hobart Rd just south of Highway 18.Snowfree hike.
View towards the south, Mt. Rainier poking out
Lunch at Holder Knob @ Dennis Long
Holder Ridge Trail

Part of the hike is a road walk

Sign to Sherwood Trail

Second growth forest

Driving Directions: From I-90 take exit 17 (Front Street), and turn right (south) onto Front Street and continue south through Issaquah. Front Street becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road as you leave town. Continue south along this road to its junction with State Route 18. Cross under SR 18 and drive short distance and turn left into Taylor Mountain Forest, King County Parks. No fees required.

Trail Stats: Hike from lot to Holder Ridge Trail hike about 1.6 miles go to junction veer to left than go another .4 miles to the top. Thus the hike is 2 miles, about 500 foot gain to ridge top. Then to continue to Sherwood trail via road and back on road it is 7 miles round trip  . If you do not go to Sherwood Trail roundtrip to top of the ridge and back is about 4 miles. However there are miles of trails that you can walk on trials and gated roads. 

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Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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