Grand Ridge - Trail, Issaquah, Washington

Grand Ridge - Trail, Issaquah, Washington

DESCRIPTION

The county has 3,000 acres of park land north of the highway. They are building a new trail from the RR grede to Duthie Hill Park. About 5 miles are done. Trail is open to hikers, bikers and horses. 2 very nice climbs and decents. The Washington Trails Asc. will have many work parties out there this winter. See wta.org for details. This is a killer deal for those w/o cars, just take the bus to the Issaquah P & R or closer. When done it will be 7 miles long so that''s 14 miles out and back. Now that''s real ride! Some large second groth trees and loads of ferns.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 20, 2016]
skiingmtber
Cross Country Rider

Grand Ridge... This is a great non-technical ride close to the city, yet in the quietness of the woods. It can be done as a one way with a shuttle, an out and back or any one of several loops.

Customer Service

Start at the Sunset parking area, climb along the abandoned Preston Rail Road trail approximately 2 miles to the trail head. For the maximum aerobic work out stay left at the first and second "Y's" you will pass under the power lines twice. Enter the trail just before you get to the baseball fields. If you see the ball fields, you have missed the right turn into some very fine single track. Cross Grand Ridge Drive and continue all the way out to Duthie Hill Park. The return trip is best if you take a left at both "Y's" after crossing back over Grand Ridge Drive, enjoy the super fast, flowing single track back to Preston. 14 mile plus what ever you did at Duthie.

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Tolt McDonald Tree Farm, Tolkul East, Tiger Mountain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 17, 2007]
bmanipis
Weekend Warrior

Not a very technical trail. Lot of climbing and long stretches of single track. You can start at the bottom near I-90 or at the top of the Issaquah Plateau. There are some areas that are un-rideable but for the most part it is fast single track. This is a good trail to test your aerobic capacity.

If you like long stretches of single track with some climbing this might be the trail for you. If you like going over trees and rocks this trail will disappoint you.

Customer Service

If you start at the bottom, it is actually easier than starting at the top of the Plateau. Lots of climbing which will test you aerobic ability.

Similar Products Used:

Beaver Lake and Tolt

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 08, 2007]
Bob
Weekend Warrior

Not much to this trail at this time due to a major housing development. I have ridden this trail up and down (really only one route) and it a good workout going up. Have to have good balance and a strong lung. You head up for about 1.25 miles then you will come to a road. You can cross over the road and head over to the other side. This part of the trail is not quite finished yet but once it is done it will be a blast. It is suppose to finish up at Duthie Hill Park on the Issaquah Plateau. I think the whole trail once complete will be about 7 miles. There are some spinoff trails that I have taken that lead to nowhere (I think) so you will have to backtrack up. Downhill is fast.



I gave it a 4 for aerobic difficulty going up.

Customer Service



Only really one way at this time.

Similar Products Used:

Beaver Lake, Tiger Mtn, and Tolt

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 31, 2006]
MTBiker
Weekend Warrior

This is an awesome trail with lots of killer downhills and climbs but it isn't quite finished but will be by 2007, so just wait till next summer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 28, 2006]
Dave_schuldt
Cross Country Rider

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OVERALL
RATING
0
VALUE
RATING
0
[Dec 04, 2005]
SSchlemmer
Cross Country Rider

This was once but a small part of a vast network of trails that criss-crossed King county, but have been damaged or isolated by development. This is detailed in the book "Kissing the Trail", By John Zilly (1st edition). This trail was in great shape last time I rode it, and I suspect that the network is slowly growing new routes to bypass areas affected by the development on the ridge. It is my understanding that the City of Issaquah/BBTC is supporting / sponsoring trailbuilding in this area, and if you're local, consider volunteering.

Customer Service

If you like climbing (or descending) there is a great climb up from the old railroad grade on the north side of I-90, East of Issaquack. There are a number of Geocaches up here, if you are so inclined. There is also a high explorability quotient if you want to find alternate access to this trail. This is a multi-user trail, so PLEASE be careful on descents (or blazing climbs) - nothing shuts down trails like pi$$ed-off hikers / equestrians.

Similar Products Used:

Area 34, Tolt, Tokul, Tiger, Ya Know....

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 19, 2005]
Dave_schuldt
Cross Country Rider

Rode it today, it was awesome!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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