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East Plateau Trail


 I wouldn't list this as a trail except that it shows up on the 2000 King County trail map. I scouted it out in Summer 2004 and found the western end tricky to find (it isn't marked) and a rude surprise at the far east end - a housing development had put up a fence preventing an exit in that direction. Rather than backtrack, I ended up climbing 100 feet of brush with my bike to get to the road. (Tip: when climbing a steep slope with a bike, using your brakes can help pull you up!) Even getting to the "trailhead" is not easy - you have to brave the traffic on NE 43rd Way, which is fast and plentiful and the shoulder is sometimes narrow. There are definitely better ways to get up to the Plateau!
Picture coming soon

Location: King County
City(s): Issaquah, WA
Length: 1 miles.  Approx

Popularity:
 Less
Elevation: West to east
     Gain  100
     Loss
  100
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  No
Restrooms:  No
Benches:  No
Picnic Tables:  No
Surface Type:  Unpaved
Surface Quality:  4
Scenery:  6
Lighting: 0
Ratings:

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent


Maps:
Bicycle Issaquah Map
Grand Ridge Park trail map
King County Bike Map
Expansions:
1. Northwest of the Issaquah-Fall City Road the East Plateau Trail is planned as a hard-surface trail that will extend east from its beginning just north of Lake Sammamish State Park, along SE 43rd Way. After climbing to the plateau it will follow an existing sewer easement as it heads east to Klahanie, passing through that development, then continuing further east to Duthie Hill Park. A future connection is planned that will link this East Plateau Trail north through Duthie Hill Park to an easement that will pass through the Trossachs residential development and on to Section 36, a King County Park roughly two miles north of the Issaquah-Fall City Road. A trail extending the full length of Grand Ridge Park would connect with the East Plateau Trail at Duthie Hill Park.
 

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