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Lord Hill Regional Park



Lord Hill Trail Mileage


Directions to Park

Equestrian Trailhead

Lord Hill Description

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  1. Beach
  2. Horse Trailer Parking
  3. Picnic Areas
  4. Restrooms/Sanicans

Lord Hill Regional Park Preferred Plan

Read the final Preferred Plan for Lord Hill here.

The highlights of the plan include: 

  • A cohesive trail system update
  • Updated trail guidelines for all trail building 
  • A balanced system of multi-use, hiking-only, hiking/biking, biking-only and equestrian/hiking trails 
  • Increased safety at trail intersections 
  • North entrance reconfiguration including a parking lot swap 
  • Decommissioning of unsustainable and/or rogue trails 
  • A comprehensive wayfinding and signage plan 


Here are a few Lord Hill Regional Park Updates (10/26/22)


  • 10/3-10/7 Maintenance did some needed routine maintenance at the entrance road to the north parking lots patching the asphalt and clearing out the drainage swales
  • Our staff brushed back more trails and cleared downed trees this week. The work was focused in the SE region of the park on equestrian trails (around temple pond, SE corner and south to Loren's ridge)


  • Work on the new entrance trail from the upper parking lot will begin on 10/11 and will continue for the next few weeks.
  • The parking lot swap will happen following identification of a temporary rearrangement that will meet user needs or following full redesign and permitting processes


  • 10/11 and 10/18: Educational Training for Sky Valley Students is occurring in Lord Hill, taught by Washington Trails Association
  • 10/19 Join Snohomish County Parks for our Volunteer Program "Reboot"


Ride horseback, hike, or mountain bike into the vast evergreen forest of this 1,463-acre upland nature preserve. A day's exploration of this unique wilderness park will include discovering many species of plant and animal life. And, with a little luck, you may observe a family of beavers busily constructing a dam.

The park contains over six miles of designated trails. From the higher points within the park, one can capture panoramic views of the surrounding Snohomish River valley and distant mountain ranges. View points such as Devil’s Butte Lookout or along the ridge of the Pipeline Trail are popular destinations for viewing the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

Trailhead parking accommodates up to 25 horse trailers and tow vehicles.

Park History

Mitchell Lord purchased 80 acres on the hill in 1879 and homesteaded on 130 acres in 1884. Devoting most of his attention to dairying, he also raised horses, sheep and hogs. 100 acres were in cultivation. His home, built on a terraced elevation overlooking the Snohomish River Valley, was one of the most imposing residences in the county.

The Parks Department secured the majority of the park property from the Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Parks through a reconveyance action.

Park Projects

Please visit our Lord Hill Park Current Projects page for the latest developments.