Grand Ridge

Issaquah, Washington

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Grand Ridge may soon become one of the more disappointing mountain bike trail casualties of Seattle area development. Located just outside Issaquah, the Grand Ridge Loop continues to shrink and change every year as more and more homes are constructed on the plateau above the rapidly growing bedroom community. Cut through a forest of Douglas fir, western red cedar, alder, and sword fern, Grand Ridge offers challenging singletrack, technical climbs, and short, steep descents. Just a short distance from Seattle and even closer to the East Side, Grand Ridge is an excellent choice for quick evening rides and short adventures for riders with little time to hang out in the saddle. Trail surface: Pavement, gravel road, woodchip road, hard-packed dirt singletrack.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

Grand Ridge may soon become one of the more disappointing mountain bike trail casualties of Seattle area development. Located just outside Issaquah, the Grand Ridge Loop continues to shrink and change every year as more and more homes are constructed on the plateau above the rapidly growing bedroom community.

Cut through a forest of Douglas fir, western red cedar, alder, and sword fern, Grand Ridge offers challenging singletrack, technical climbs, and short, steep descents. Just a short distance from Seattle and even closer to the East Side, Grand Ridge is an excellent choice for quick evening rides and short adventures for riders with little time to hang out in the saddle. Trail surface: Pavement, gravel road, woodchip road, hard-packed dirt singletrack.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Issaquah
Distance: 11.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: King County Parks
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Falls City, Bellevue South
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

5/16/2006
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What’s written is understandable, as development was sure to ravage that little oasis, but over the last few years King County has negotiated with the developer to acquire land surrounding the Highlands development so that property was not lost all together. Since that time we have had numerous trail work parties, re-routes, bridges and major progress trying to preserve the biking element, and also add room for hikers, and equestrians. When all is said and done the trail will stretch from I-90 over to Duthie Hill Park, which will host the Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club mountain bike park, and from there users will be able to connect to Soaring Eagle on the Sammamish plateau (a 600 acre trail network).



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