backcountry trails

Taylor Mountain parking lot closed from October through December for expansion.

Taylor backcountry trails

Taylor Mountain Forest is growing in popularity as a destination for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians – and King County Parks is expanding the parking lot in order to accommodate a greater number of visitors.

The parking lot and primary access point to this 1,800-acre working forest that lies between North Bend and Hobart will be closed from October through December while a work crew makes improvements.

Located near the intersection of Southeast 188th Street and 276th Avenue Southeast, the parking lot will have enough room to accommodate a total of 30 cars and 25 trailers once work is completed.

During construction, riders and hikers can access Taylor Mountain Forest at the Holder Ridge trailhead, 150 yards north of the parking lot. Limited parking will also be available along 276th Avenue Southeast.

Click here for more information on the construction and the forest stewardship plan.

PicMonkey Collage SCballfields

Transformation Tuesday: South County Ballfield playground is now open!

PicMonkey Collage SCballfieldsAs of Thursday, Sept. 17 the South County Ballfield playground is now open. The project was completed a week ahead of schedule and within the budget at approximately $130,000. This is our first playground with rubber safety tile instead of wood chips. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the process. Check out the before (pictured left) and after (pictured right) photos above. Happy transformation Tuesday!

Issaquah's Fantastic Fly-In

NO ONE “Parks” Like A ParksMonkey: 24 Hours In Your King County Parks (Photo DUMP)

You’re welcome, those of you whom do not even grasp the glory and enormity of your King County Parks. ParksMonkey has pulled back the ferns to give you a glimpse at 24 hours in this glorious system.

Saturday morning: Why are there so many people running on your Snoqualmie Valley Trail? Zombies. No. Wait. Blerches. Makes more sense. The Oatmeal put together their (you know who you are Inman) second annual “Beat the Blerch“. It’s a hot mess. In the best way. You know, the kind of messes that involve costumes and Nutella. So if this is starting to sound like something you are in to AND you like run-wheezing really long distances, then I say sign up or shut up, bro. The good thing is, all these people seemed very pleasant, and will be too tired to bother you if you should happen across them on our trail. The course has them leaving from Tolt-McDonald and wheezing all the way up above Snoqualmie Falls. In a cruel twist they then run back passed Tolt to Duvall. THEN, run back to Tolt for the finish. Again, if this appeals to you and running around your coffee table has just gotten old.

Saturday afternoon: What’s with the creepy masks, flying things and the “cankle-cam”? No big, just Issaquah’s inaugural Fantastic Fly-In (this really should be three exclamation marks)! Yeah, they did it. They made people jump off a mountain in costumes for our amusement. You think mountains got nothin’ on you? Well sign up for a tandem ride with Seattle Paragliding then, if yer so boss. Seriously, these guys know their thermals.

Saturday night, thru Sunday: Lastly, what are those serene shots of people eating food stuffs and smiling? That would be King County’s CHOMP! A celebration of local, sustainable living and all around awesomeness. This was its inaugural year, and like all newborns, it showed up on the scene with chubby cheeks, rainbows and fresh goods. We had a farm to table dinner brought to you by some of the most amazing local chefs. Activities for the family. Fresh produce. Killer music and performances. Trampolines. Chickens and NO clowns. Win. Brought to you by…us and presented by PCC Natural Markets.

The things a parksmonkey must do. What? Concert tonight? Sure, but NO clowns.

Eyes not bleeding from all the awesome photos yet? You can see more over here.

King County's CHOMP!

A CHOMP! sized thank you from King County Parks.

Thanks to everyone who made CHOMP! 2015 a jolly good time! We had so much fun seeing the festival come alive this past Sunday and we’re already looking forward to next year. Please take a moment to complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHOMP2015. It only takes two minutes, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card from presenting sponsor PCC Natural Markets!