The Grand Ridge Running Race will be held on the following dates (trail will be open to mountain bikes but may not be much fun to ride, given the overall traffic):
- Saturday, May 2nd
- Saturday, August 1st
- Saturday, November 14
The new parking lot for Duthie Hill Park is now open, and provides excellent access to the north entrace of Grand Ridge!
Grand Ridge is both an oldie and a new trail: while new residential development wiped out some of the trails we rode in the past, a new trail system has been under development by King County Parks and the WTA. (Check out wta.org for work parties.) You access it the same way as ever: by climbing up from I-90. The trail can also be accessed from the top of the Issaquah Highlands development.
The main trail winds north across Grand Ridge towards Duthie Hill Park.
This is a great XC work out, with great climbing practice. Plus, it can be linked with trails on the south side of I-90 to create longer loops. This trail connects with Duthie Hill Bike Park and 1 short mile of road riding to continue up to Soaring Eagle for a suburban epic.
The climb from I-90 up to the plateau is a grunt, but not too long. When coming from Duthie Hill, the long climb up to Grand Ridge Drive is even more of a grunt, and is pretty darn hard to clean on a single speed. With gears, it's still a fairly physical ride.
This trail is also a great night ride.
THIS TRAIL IS NOT AN OFF LEASH AREA.
Grand Ridge can have quite a few puddles during and immediately after a rain as there are quite a few springs and a lot of the soil doesn't drain very well. Lots of leaves in the fall can make for a really wet ride. If you want modestly dry conditions you should wait 5 or so days after a big rain.
Not crowded but does get a few hikers, families with small kids and dog walkers. Please be cautious of hikers on this trail, and consider wearing a bell so they can hear you coming. Horses are rare but new bridge means there will be more.
9-3-14 Trail work season will soon be here, for the latest detail check this FB page
10-16-14 County plans to start water tower loop construction in December assuming the last part of the permit is signed off. Ths will be done by WTA. If you would like to see Evergreen get more involved let Mike or Glen know.
One can debate about food, but the best beer in the vicinity as at the Issaquah Brewhouse, which has some 20 taps and many Rogue beers on tap. The Brewhouse is on Sunset Way, just west of Front Steet, Issaquah's main drag. The easiest way to find it coming back from Exit 20 is to take Exit 18, take the Sunset Way split, and go straight until just past the light at Front St.
As a resident of Issaquah, my favorite place to stop after a mountain bike ride is Extreme Pizza on Front street. Super friendly service, fresh ingredients (for example- they make their own hummus for their hummus pizza!), beer on tap and even gelato!
It was a great day for a ride at Grand Ridge; tacky trails with only a few residual puddles in the usual spots. Huge thank you to the trailbuilders for making the trail so bombproof - there were a lot of folks out on the trail today and it's holding up very well.
Just a reminder to the folks that like to use Grand Ridge as a training circuit or Strava hosted race against others:
While it's great to ride fast and realize success, there are many blind turns on GR, and it would be a shame to have access limited by a few folks unwilling to respect other trail users (including fellow riders). The vast majority of folks out there are very respectful and it'd be nice to see the trend increase.
Climbed from the I-90 side/turnaround at Duthie. My first time on this trail. Great workout both ways. Trail was in amazing shape for a mid-Feb. ride! Hardly any water on the trail. Fast and flowy. Good night vision with bar + helmet light setup. Super mild temps. Ran across a few people but folks were terrific about 'honoring the climbers'. Evergreen trail workers are my HEROES!! Whoever has been putting in the hours up there my hat is off to you! AGAIN!
I started at I90 and went up the main trail directly to Duthie and then back finishing with the coal mine loop downhill. The trail was a little soupy up on the ridge since the fog or clouds weren't allowing the trail to dry. The hills were fine and tracking was good. It's a great trail.
It's been dry for a few days (and windy with warmish temps), so I decided to check out Grand Ridge. I left from Duthie at about 17:00 and rode south through Duthie and Grand Ridge to where the trail crosses the road, then back. I cannot overstate how excellent the trail conditions were. Some of the best in general, let alone for the 16th of December. No blowdown, virtually no puddles, no mucky spots... really impressive. I finished up with the downhill of Boot Camp and Step it Up.
Only saw 6 other riders total - 3 in Duthie and 3 in Grand Ridge - and a few dazzled deer. The new Duthie Hill parking lot is really, really nice - will make a great addition to the north end of Grand Ridge as well.
Verry dry and a little dusty. Hit it before it starts raining again. All blowdowns have been cleared.
Slow down for reroute at High Point (Exit 20) end.
Big rotten log across the trail a few switch backs up from the High Point End. Trail in great shape, no mud or dust.
Hot and Dry. The new trail re-route just past Harrison is wonderful, and a huge improvement - Thanks trail gnomes :)