Citizens can comment on proposed Grand Ridge trailhead
September 18, 2012
King County parks planners asked the public for input on a proposed trailhead facility to add access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest near Preston.
The county Parks and Recreation Division is hosting a public meeting on the proposal Sept. 27.
The meeting includes a public question and comment period. Staffers intend to provide a summary of comments received to date, plus information about possible access and road improvements.
Citizens can also submit comments to the county through Oct. 12.
Officials said developed access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest is limited to a pair of locations meant to serve only Grand Ridge Park.
Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest trailhead meeting
The parking area at Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands is one access point. The other is a gravel parking lot in the High Point area.
Parks and Recreation Division planners analyzed other possible trailhead locations, and the public can discuss the options at the Preston meeting.
Tentative plans call for creating a trail access point to provide parking for five to seven vehicles and two horse trailers, a small picnic shelter, interpretive signage, restroom facilities and waste receptacles.
The county purchased land last year near 280th Drive Southeast and Southeast 63rd Street, about a mile east of Northeast Harrison Street in the highlands, for consideration as a trailhead facility.
Grand Ridge Park stretches across more than 1,200 acres east of Issaquah and southeast of Sammamish. The park features more than nine miles of developed trails and contains old-growth Western red cedar, plus wetlands at the headwaters of salmon-bearing Canyon Creek.
The 426-acre Mitchell Hill Forest is contiguous to Grand Ridge Park. The forest includes the drainage to Patterson Creek.
The county purchased the forest in 2000, but unlike neighboring Grand Ridge Park, Mitchell Hill Forest lacks a formal trail system.