2.0 miles
Distance
162 ft
Climb
-219 ft
Descent
00:17:00
Avg time

Water Tower Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Grand Ridge Park
    Issaquah, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #982 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1883 in Trail Running
    • #14464 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Water Tower Loop mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -55 ft
  • Altitude min
    969 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,186 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,068 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,014 ft
  • Grade
    -0.5%
  • Grade max
    -19.5%
  • Grade min
    17%
  • Distance climb
    4,849 ft
  • Distance down
    4,029 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,637 ft
  • Avg time
    00:17:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:08
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Status:
on Jun 23, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.25 (15 votes)
Your vote: 0

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      Water Tower Loop Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 31 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,169 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 9,203 rides
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      Jun 11, 2022 @ 10:50am
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      Nov 18, 2020 @ 10:37am
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      Nov 18, 2020 @ 10:36am
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      vrk (Oct 20, 2021 at 12:47)
       ridden clockwise, this felt like a fun and easy beginner ride
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      • + 0
      joracine (May 5, 2022 at 6:34)
       I recommend clockwise. Easy trail with nice flowy parts and fun optional natural features you can use for nice jumps. I'm a blue-black rider but still do this trail regularly as a detour to grand ridge as it's just some nice fun.
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      water tower loop 1
      6:08 | 47 | Mar 21, 2022 , Issaquah
      Water Tower Loop | Mountain Bike Grand Ridge, WA
      4:45 | 63 | Feb 13, 2022 , Issaquah
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      5:48 | 30 | Jan 12, 2022 , Issaquah
      Grand Ridge, Issaquah, WA
      20:36 | 45 | Oct 28, 2021 , Issaquah
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