2 miles
Distance
220 ft
Climb
-263 ft
Descent
00:16:47
Avg time

Water Tower Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Grand Ridge
    Issaquah, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #1571 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking

WTA organized trail build at the top of the Issaquah Plateau. Horseback, hikers, and bikers frequent the trail. Additions to the trail forthcoming which will decommission the gravel road portion of Grand Ridge Trail and use a portion of Water Tower Loop as the primary route.

Take an opportunity before the leaves crowd your view to overlook Issaquah, Lake Sammamish, Eastgate, and Bellevue to the west. About 1/4 mile from the water towers (headed north on the trail loop) the prominence of Grand Ridge at just around 1,100 vertical feet is pretty cool as you don't get a similar feel anywhere on the plateau other than in the Highlands neighborhood beside the Safeway.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Water Tower Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -44 ft
  • Altitude min
    974 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,194 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,067 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,023 ft
  • Grade
    -0.435%
  • Grade max
    -16.343%
  • Grade min
    18.241%
  • Distance climb
    4,349 ft
  • Distance down
    4,906 ft
  • Distance flat
    828 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:51
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Status:
on Jun 26, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.55 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to water-tower-loop-71248 trailhead (47.544742, -121.986523)
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      Water Tower Loop Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jun 26, 2020 @ 2:43pm
      Jun 26, 2020
      Jun 23, 2020 @ 5:19pm
      Jun 23, 2020
      Jun 6, 2020 @ 7:54am
      Jun 6, 2020
      Amazing traction today!
      May 13, 2020 @ 5:38pm
      May 13, 2020
      Riding great. One or two corners where a bell would be useful.
      Mar 25, 2020 @ 5:21pm
      Mar 25, 2020
      reporter As part of its ongoing efforts to protect public health and curb transmission of COVID-19, King County Parks is closing parks beginning Wednesday,...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 44 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 915 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,929 rides
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      Photos

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      19 |
      Sep 2, 2019 @ 4:50pm
      Sep 2, 2019
      40 |
      Sep 2, 2019 @ 4:50pm
      Sep 2, 2019
      129 |
      Oct 19, 2017 @ 12:50am
      Oct 19, 2017

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