Lord Hill park has trails for all (plus deer and skunks)
Snohomish County’s largest park has more than 11 miles of hiking, biking and horse paths — and wildlife, too.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Walk in the Park
Where: Lord Hill Regional Park
Location: 12921 150th St. S.E., Snohomish
Length: More than 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails in 1,456 acres of forests and wetlands.
Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate, with several narrow dirt trails that are rocky and uneven, though nothing too steep. The trails are not wheelchair accessible, and it can be an unpleasant walk if you are pushing a baby stroller.
Facilities: Separate equestrian parking lot, 14911 127th Ave. S.E., to accommodate up to 25 horse trailers and tow vehicles. A couple of portable toilets and many benches and maps located mostly where trails intersect.
Setting: It’s the largest park in Snohomish County, drawing joggers, dog walkers, equestrians and many novice mountain bikers since the hilly terrain is manageable. It’s a lush forest, flanked by the Snohomish River to the southwest. Plenty of deer, skunks, bobcats and beaver live in this second-growth forest of Douglas firs, hemlocks, cedars, red cedars, grand firs and red alders. There have been rare reports of bears and cougars.
Highlights: About 10 multipurpose trails lead to Beaver Lake, Temple Pond and Snohomish River or to viewpoints of Cascade and Olympic mountains and the valley.
The River Trail sounds enticing, though the narrow walkway through a thicket of bushes and trees is challenging on a crowded day, as only one hiker can pass at a time. Along the bank, trees prevent a clear view of the river.
Restrictions: Leash and scoop law in effect. Open daily 7 a.m. til dusk.
Directions: Take Interstate 405 to Exit 23, to Highway 522 East toward Wenatchee / Woodinville / U.S. 2. Take exit toward Monroe / West Main Street. At the traffic circle, take the fourth exit, to West Main Street, and continue onto Old Snohomish Monroe Road. Turn left onto 127th Avenue Southeast, then left onto 150th Street Southeast.
More info: 425-388-6600 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks .(You can print out a trail map from the website, though maps at the trailhead and elsewhere in the park are of much higher quality and more detailed.)
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