2.0 miles
Distance
162 ft
Climb
-219 ft
Descent
00:17:51
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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 [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 80 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
    00:17:51
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:19
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on Mar 8, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.3 (17 votes)
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      Water Tower Loop Trail Reports

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      Mar 8, 2024 @ 4:45am
      Mar 8, 2024
      Mar 8, 2024 @ 1:51am
      Mar 8, 2024
      All cleared.
      Feb 24, 2024 @ 11:13am
      Feb 24, 2024
      Jan 20, 2024 @ 3:24am
      Jan 20, 2024
      Dec 19, 2023 @ 7:08am
      Dec 19, 2023
      Looks like there have been a lot of downed trees recently, but the trail ferries keep cutting 'em back. This trail road really nice today despite...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 26 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 894 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 12,750 rides
      • Last: Apr 13, 2024

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      Oct 25, 2023 @ 8:36pm
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      Oct 15, 2023 @ 4:24pm
      Oct 15, 2023
      153 |
      Nov 18, 2020 @ 10:37am
      Nov 18, 2020
      128 |
      Nov 18, 2020 @ 10:36am
      Nov 18, 2020

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      Grand Ridge: Water Tower Hot Lap + Tiger/High School cool down13 miles

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      Water Tower and Spruce Coaster | Grand Ridge, WA
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