Lord Hill Regional Park Site and Management Plan Update
Lord Hill Regional Park is a 1,480 acre park located in central Snohomish County between the cities of Snohomish and Monroe. Set in former timberland, the park offers users 32 miles of trails where park visitors can traverse uphill and downhill through the forest passing wetlands and ponds scattered within the park. The park is popular with hikers, runners, equestrians, mountain bikers, bird watchers, orienteering groups and native plant enthusiasts.
A Master Plan for Lord Hill was first published in 1988 and updated again in 1996. Parks is looking to transition this Master Plan into a Site and Management Plan which will establish the trail system plan and include future improvements such as expanded parking options and restrooms. Drafting the Site and Management Plan will entail that Parks undergo multiple land use studies such as Critical Area delineation, geo-tech analysis and traffic impact studies. Project Description
Parks is looking to establish a site and management plan for the park which includes an official trail plan, wayfinding signs and posts, detailed maps, and expanded parking solutions. Under the proposed plan, 12.2 miles of multi-use trails will traverse and loop through the entire park and connect to approximately 3.6 miles of designated, existing equestrian trails, 3.7 miles of designated, existing mountain bike trails, and 5 miles of designated, existing hiker only trails. Additional equestrian trails have been proposed and are currently under Planning and Environmental review. Parks has been working with a study group of stakeholders representing the various local user groups to develop a conceptual plan and will continue to work with them on establishing the trail system designations and placing signage and maps throughout the park.
After additional research, input from mountain bike and equestrian groups, and preliminary public input, Parks will not be pursuing either a segregated Mountain Bike or Equestrian Park. The trail system at Lord Hill Regional Park will continue to be multi-use, however, approximately 6 miles of trails will be decommissioned, some existing mountain bike trails will be improved or re-routed, and new equestrian trails in the Southeast corner of the park and near Temple Pond are currently being reviewed and evaluated.
Site and Master Plan Goals
- Establishing a Trail System Management Plan
- Decommissioning or re-routing of unauthorized trails
- New equestrian trails
- Re-routing and renovation of existing single-track mountain bike trails
- New and re-routed single track segments connected to existing single tracks to draw users from heavily used multi-use trails to a better riding experience
- Signage for single track trails and loops identifying skill level requirements for beginning, intermediate and advanced riders
- Evaluating trails leading to and traversing through critical areas for decommissioning or termination at a viewing platform
- Replacing old kiosk map tops with new trail system map
- Creating a wayfinding system and installing wayfinding posts at trail intersections
- Trail etiquette and "Yield To" signage with positive messaging
- Interpretive signage encouraging good stewardship
- Improved and expanded parking facilities
The project and land use studies will move forward pending funding availability. Once the land use studies have been completed, Parks will be seeking additional public input for the conceptual design of the trail system and other improvements proposed in the Site and Management Plan update.
- Springboard single track trail re-route completed by the Everett Mountaineers
- Wayne's World trail re-route completed by the Snohomish County Trails to Success program. Re-opened as a Hiking Only trail to prevent additional Critical Area degredation.
- Pilchuck Audubon Society performed and published the results of the Lord Hill Regional Park Bird Blitz. Parks is currently working on adding results to project map.
- Washington Native Plant Society completed plant surveys and has submitted spreadsheet results to Parks Staff for mapping.
- Equestrian By-pass to the Beaver Trail has been constructed by Friends of Lord Hill Park and schedule to open late Fall 2017.
- Tester Road entrance, log yard and southern trails temporarily secured. Parks to install permanent gates and fencing Spring 2018.
All acquisitions, plans and site developments are subject to funding availability and subject to Snohomish County Executive and County Council approval.
Amy Lucas, Senior Park Planner (Project Manager)
Snohomish County Parks and Recreation
Email: Email Amy Lucas
Phone: (425) 388-6620