Snohomish County Parks and Recreation is working closely with the 'Friends of Heybrook Ridge' to develop and maintain this 143-acre property. In accordance with Protective Covenants set forth in the property purchase and sales agreement, the park will be developed for the purposes of forest protection, environmental education and passive recreation.
The project for Phase 2 of development at Heybrook Ridge is in 90% design, working towards finalizing drawings for an eventual formal bid. The project is on track to submit permit drawings in spring 2023.
Phase 2 at Heybrook Ridge is focused on the development of an accessible, ½ mile loop trail in the northeast corner of the park (shown in red on the map at the top of the page). This trail will offer visitors a chance to explore the PNW forest while learning more about the history of Index via interpretive signage. This project will also provide improved accessible parking.
The Heybrook Ridge Recreation Management Plan (RMP) is complete and provides an adaptive management tool for construction and maintenance of trails and other passive recreation elements within the Park. Using an adaptive management strategy, the RMP will allow for future flexibility. As new information and/or opportunities become available, the plan may be modified to avoid ecologically sensitive areas, erosion-prone slopes, user conflicts and/or other unforeseen site conditions. Modifications and/or additions may also occur to enhance the park's recreational experience. Existing habitat and ecological conditions were inventoried and evaluated as part of the recreation planning process; however, the RMP does not include detailed recommendations for vegetation and/or habitat management. Additional planning for vegetation and habitat management will be conducted as future needs and/or opportunities arise.
Snohomish County Parks has implemented Phase 1 of the Trail Construction project which consists of a 1.6-mile moderate hiking trail with an elevation gain of approximately 760 feet. The phase 1 trail ends on the south side of the ridge in a previously logged area with great views of Bridal Veil Falls, Mt. Index, and the surrounding Skykomish valley. Future development phases may include a lower accessible loop trail and a trail that connects to the Heybrook Lookout trail. These future phases will be dependent on funding.
- Phase 1 is complete. The trail is complete to the viewpoint! This is a 1.6-mile moderate hiking trail with an elevation gain of approximately 760 feet. There is parking at the trailhead with information about the site and wildlife that you might see on the trail on the kiosk
- Critical Area Study has been completed for the lower section of the park
- A consultant was selected to perform a Cultural Resource Study in the lower area of the park. This is part of the preparations to create an accessible trail.
- On-call consultant was selected to develop construction drawings for the installation of the lower, ADA trail