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Easy Walk -Centennial Trail, Lake Cassidy - Marysville

  • centennial trail getchell trailhead

    8318 westlund road, arlington, WA (map)

    48.071880 -122.100470

  • meet in parking lot
  • A nice easy walk with the option of lunch afterwards.  Parking is limited so carpooling recommended if you can.

    Lake Cassidy


    Article and photo by Craig Romano

    Lake Cassidy
    A boardwalk provides access for hikers
    of all abilities to Lake Cassidy.

    Quick Facts

    Location: Marysville

    Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks

    Roundtrip: 2.5 miles (with the option to go further-plan for 4-5 miles)

    Elevation Gain: 50 feet

    Dogs allowed on leash - except they are not allowed on the board walk at the lake.

    Access: From Marysville (Exit 199 I-5) follow SR 528 for 3.0 miles east to SR 9. Head north on SR 9 for 1.0 mile to junction with 84th Street NE. Turn right (east) and continue for just shy of a 0.5 mile to Getchell Trailhead.

    Contact: Snohomish County Parks;

    Located just a few miles east of bustling Marysville is 120-plus acre Lake Cassidy, a semi-wild gem on the suburban fringe. Surrounded by wetlands and hardwood forest, nearly 300 acres along the lake’s northern shores and around nearby Lake Martha are protected as Washington State Fish and Wildlife lands. The lake is accessible by a nice ADA trail too allowing disabled and physically challenged hikers an opportunity to cast a line in this trout-stocked lake. The ADA trail connects to the paved Centennial Trail allowing for a longer approach and nice family friendly hike.

    For the hike described here, begin at the Getchell Trailhead off of 84th Street NE. Beginning in the defunct railroad community of Getchell, head south on the Centennial Trail through one of the more rural and scenic sections of this popular trail. This former railroad line threads woodlots and remnant farmlands on the edge of suburbia between the city of Snohomish and the Skagit County border. This section to Lake Cassidy is among the wildest along the 23 mile trail. Smoothly paved and with little elevation change, this hike is an easy journey for all outdoors lovers including those in wheelchairs.

    Within a half mile the trail brushes up against the nearly 300-acre Lake Martha and Lake Cassidy state wildlife lands. This tract protects little Lake Martha with its sphagnum bog as well as much of the eastern shoreline of 123-acre Lake Cassidy, harboring a wide variety of plants and animals including bears, ospreys, eagles, pileated woodpeckers, and a couple of threatened sedges.

    After about 1.25 miles of pleasant wandering, reach the Lake Cassidy Interpretive Center, composing of an educational kiosk, picnic area and a sturdy boardwalk projecting into the reed and cattail ringed lake. The lake is large but fairly shallow. A handful of structures occupy the far shore, but much of this body of water remains in an undeveloped state. Sit for awhile and scan the reeds for birds. If you feel like stretching your legs out a little more, continue walking south on the Centennial Trail towards Lake Stevens.

    For information on lodging and other attractions near Lake Cassidy visit

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  • Kathy L.

    Too wet and windy. We will try this another time. Stay safe today.

    September 29, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Please tune in early tomorrow am for a weather update. It looks like, as of now, that we may be between systems in the morning. That doesn't mean there won't be rain it means rain won't be as heavy or winds won't be too terrible. that is supposed to increase later on Sunday.
    If it isn't too bad plan on walking but prepare to get wet. If it is looking too gloomy I will reschedule this. You can weigh in with your thoughts on this. If too many don't won't to go in the rain I will cancel.

    September 28, 2013

  • Judith S.

    Sorry have to back out. Nasty cold.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this still occurring even in rain?

    September 28, 2013

  • Jackie

    Says 10:00pm :) .....

    September 19, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      don't want lunch at midnight?

      1 · September 20, 2013


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