Private hike along Grand Ridge near Issaquah. Not very exciting, more suited to those who enjoy trail biking. The thing that sticks in my mind from this day is meeting Wayne Bryan at the start of our hike.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader) and Lisa Grayson.
Grand Ridge Park includes seven miles of WTA-built trail through western redcedar trees, sword ferns, nettles, berries and, at times, slugs. This trail is a little piece of the backcountry close to Seattle and is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
From Seattle, drive east on I-90 for approxiamately 18.1 miles. Take Exit 20, and turn left at bottom of ramp. Pass underneath I-90 and park in the gravel lot to the west. Hike or bike west on the Issaquah-to-High Point Trail to the backcountry trailhead. You can also access the trail from Central Park and South Pond in the Issaquah Highlands neighborhoods. Access from the north is planned.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5263, -121.9364)
6.83 miles, 814 ft. gain, 3 hrs 07 min.