Grand Ridge Trail; Grand Ridge - East

King County, Washington

Elevation Gain2,376ft
Trailhead Elevation501ft
Elevation Min/Max371/1067ft
Elevation Start/End501/501ft

Grand Ridge Trail; Grand Ridge - East

Grand Ridge Trail; Grand Ridge - East is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in King County, Washington. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 501 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,376 feet.

Grand Ridge Trail; Grand Ridge - East Professional Reviews and Guides

"Though perhaps best known for its sprawling housing developments, Grand Ridge also claims one of the ?nest pieces of wildlands in the Issaquah area.

That was by design—planners required this park to be set aside as part of the mitigation for development, and the Washington Trails Association worked with King County Parks and Recreation to develop a wonderful recreational trail that explores the 1200 acres of rich second-growth forest on the 1100-foot ridge in the Cascade foothills. Plan to share the trail with mountain bikers on nice weekends."

"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."

Grand Ridge Trail; Grand Ridge - East Reviews

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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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Trail Information

King County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
King County Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
King County Parks and Recreation, Grand Ridge Map
Local Maps

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Nov 2018