There’s something lush about Issaquah’s Grand Ridge, even in the summer when the trail is dry. And in the winter, when the singletrack up the ridge and down through the creek bed turns to peanut-butter mud, it’s just as green and fern-tastic, a Jurassic Park in your backyard.
Yesterday I rode out with my friend Brian in the spitting rain from the Sunset exit parking lot (see my earlier blog post, Slip-Sliding Down Grand Ridge, for directions and trail beta). We thought we’d be the only ones out there, but soon we met up with Scott Kennard, whose unfaltering pace kept us motivated the six miles up and down the summit (and back). You never know what new friends you’ll meet on the trail.
Indeed, we ran into other riders at the Canyon Creek bridge (a HUGE shout out to the Washington Trails Association for the amazing bridge building and trail maintenance work they continue to do on this and other trails).
I admit that conditions at Grand Ridge can be challenging this time of year… Okay, “lush” is just another word for “wet”, but wet isn’t always bad. Sometimes it’s beautiful:
Make sure to get some climbing in during the winter season. Grand Ridge is a perfect choice for that–and it’s right in your Big Backyard.
See you on the trail!