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Posted on: June 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] King County's Grand Ridge Park Opens New Trail

Water Tower Loop ribbon cutting

King County's Grand Ridge Park — located near Issaquah Highlands, just outside City limits — has expanded its trail network by 2.4 miles, thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers from Washington Trails Association (WTA).

King County Parks recently hosted a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion and grand opening of the Water Tower Loop, a new trail link that intersects with the 1,300-acre park’s main trail.

"The Water Tower Loop — and indeed all of Grand Ridge Park — is an excellent example of the power of people and partnerships, such as with WTA and their volunteers," said Kevin Brown, King County Parks division director. "These trails wouldn’t exist without their hard work and dedication."

"In 2016, WTA contributed more than 17,000 hours to build and maintain trails in King County’s parks — from Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish to Pinnacle Peak Park in Enumclaw," said Jill Simmons, WTA executive director. "We are thrilled to help add miles to trails, as more people are getting out and exploring our beautiful state."

The Water Tower Loop was built entirely by hand and took two years to complete. In addition to support from King County Parks, WTA received a grant from REI to fund their work on the trail.

Nestled in the forestlands between Interstate 90 and Issaquah Highlands, Grand Ridge Park has about 12 miles of trails and has become a favorite among people who hike, run and mountain bike.

The park rises to 1,100 feet elevation and is known for its towering Douglas firs and groves of Western red cedar trees, and it shelters the headwaters of salmon-bearing Canyon Creek.

The park hosts annual trail running events and connects to King County's Duthie Hill Park, the region's most popular mountain biking destination. 

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