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Heybrook Ridge Trail
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Heybrook Ridge is a park site located just outside the Town of Index. The 3.3 mile roundtrip trail was created in partnership between Snohomish County Parks and Friends of Heybrook Ridge, and laid out and built by WTA volunteers. This short, moderately steep hike will take you through a rocky, moss covered forest to an incredible view of nearby peaks.
Find out more about hiking the trail from Washington Trails Association here.
The Heybrook Ridge site was acquired in 2008 through a public-private partnership with the Friends of Heybrook Ridge. The grassroots effort to save the ridge began in 2006 when local residents learned that the ridge would be clear cut. Through negotiations with the property owner, the community was able to secure a delay in the logging operation. The Friends of Heybrook Ridge and later the Cascade Land Conservancy began fundraising to purchase the property and preserve the forest. As the deadline to complete fundraising neared, the Friends of Heybrook Ridge approached Snohomish County Parks and elected officials for help in making the acquisition. Utilizing a $700,000 Conservation Futures grant and a $550,000 donation from the Friends of Heybrook Ridge, Snohomish County Parks completed the acquisition in 2008. In 2013, Snohomish County Parks was awarded an additional $299,000 Conservation Futures grant to acquire property for development of public access and trailhead facilities.
Passive Recreation & Environmental Education – Over the next several years, Snohomish County Parks will work with our partners at the Friends of Heybrook Ridge to implement the park Recreation Management Plan. Additional improvements may be made in the future to enhance environmental education and passive recreation opportunities at the park.
Parking – Parking at the primary trailhead will not be provided as part of initial park development. The need for trailhead parking will be monitored and evaluated over time and may be made available in the future.
Trail Linkage – Snohomish County Parks is working with partner agencies including the U.S Forest Service, State Parks, State DNR and the Town of Index to plan and develop trail linkage across multiple facilities in the Index area. Although planning is in the early phases, Snohomish County Parks is leading efforts to expand trail access and connectivity in the area.
Friends of Heybrook Ridge