- Parks and Facilities
Lord Hill Regional Park
- Equestrian Trails
- Hiking Trails
- Horse Trailer Parking
- Mountain Bike Trails
- Picnic Areas
- Portable Toilet
- River Access
- Wildlife Watching
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
2023 PARKS STAFF/VOLUNTEER WORK
- September 2023: The Boardwalk Trail is now closed. Signs directing people to the new Entrance trail are now in place. Please use the new entrance trail.
- July 2023: Parks made improvements to the Tester Lot (southern parking lot). Our team worked to make the parking lot more usable for park visitors by filling potholes, installing a new kiosk, and formalizing the parking configuration to better accommodate passenger vehicles and those with trailers. The parking lot was closed from July 18, 2023 through July 21, 2023.
- 6/30/23: An updated Lord Hill Regional Park Trail/Wayfinding Map was released (see link above).
- 4/8/23: WTA Emergency Response and Leadership Training at the red barn.
- 4/15/23: Friends of Lord Hill and Snohomish High School students and teachers volunteer work party. Work plan: Temple Loop, hiker/equestrian trails southeast of Temple Pond
- 4/23/23: MTB volunteer work party With John Tucker
- 3/4/23: Friends of Lord Hill and Snohomish High School students and teachers volunteer work party. They worked on North Pipeline, Lower Temple Loop
- The Washington Trail Association (WTA) work parties (2/4, 2/11, and 2/24/23) focused on re-establishing the Start-Up trail (hiking-only) for use by the public. The work included establishing a new connection to the Cell Tower Access Road at the west end of the trail, decommissioning the old alignment connecting to Upper Springboard, and if time and capacity allow brushing and other improvements at the east end of the trail. The work parties also began work to re-route a short section of White Ox further away from the adjacent private property to the west.
- 1/27/23: Washington Trails Association led 11 Snohomish County Park staff on trail training which included trail realignment, best practices, work parties, and tread (new trail construction, maintenance, drainage, site, and slope). The team re-opened the hiking-only "Start-Up" trail, focusing on establishing part of a new alignment and decommissioning the old.
- 1/18/23: 6 volunteers and Park Ranger Allia Emerson worked from 12-3:30 pm to clear branches and foliage from encroaching on the trail and clear culverts on the Main Trail, Pipeline Cutoff, Temple Pond Loop, Red Barn Loop, and Lower Spring Board Trail. Rangers also cleared downed trees off several trails as well.
2022 PARKS STAFF WORK
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
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.
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.
Please visit our Lord Hill Park Current Projects page for the latest developments.