Post Thanksgiving Turkey Hike Off - Lord Hill Park, Snohomish

To combat the excess of food usually consumed on this weekend, let's go for a nice hike through Lord Hill Park.  This should not be too strenuous unless you want to find the path straight up the hill, which I may try and you can watch. :)  Plan on spending an hour or two wandering the trails.

As with all hikes and walks at this time of year, heavy rain and/or wind will cancel. Be sure to check this meet up site beforehand for any cancellation or postponement due to weather, illness or roadclosures.

Lord Hill Regional Park

[masked]th Street SE (public parking lot)
[masked]th Avenue SE (equestrian parking lot)
Snohomish, WA 98290

Park hours are 7:00 a.m. til dusk

Maps: Map of Park | Directions to Park | Park Locator

Trail Use Memo/Expectations

Attention trail users:

The Beaver Pond Bridge is currently out of service. Snohomish County Parks is working to repair the bridge as soon as possible.

We are finalizing a scope of work for a consultant to design the bridge replacements for Lord Hill Park.  The planning and permit work should be done to allow getting replacement structures in before summer 2011.  The bridges will be designed wide enough for horses and people to use along with emergency vehicle access in some places.  Volunteers will be needed to install the bridges.  A public meeting will be held in January to review the bridge design issues.

The contractor has begun clearing culvert #2 for access, installing and moving culvert #1 and then will move on to culvert #3. Please call James Yap at[masked] if you have questions.

Park Features

A wilderness island near the urban fabric of Snohomish County, offersvisitors a semi-wilderness experience.

Miles of wilderness trails for horses and mountain bikes

  • Horse Trailer Parking
  • Picnic Areas Portable Restrooms
  • River Beach Access
  • Playground
  • New Equestrian Trailhead and parking lot opening celebration photos, August 13, 2009


Ride horseback, hike, or mountain bike into the vast evergreen forest of this 1,300 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. Viewpoints 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.

More Information

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.

Driving Directions - Main Parking Lot

Take the Snohomish-Wenatchee exit off of I-5 onto US2 in Everett to second (east) Snohomish exit off US2; turn right onto 2nd Ave; turn left onto Lincoln Ave S which becomes the Old Snohomish-Monroe Hwy; turn right onto 127th Ave SE; drive south approximately 2-1/4 miles; turn left onto 150th St SE and proceed to the park entrance on the left

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  • Kathy L.

    Thanks for coming out on a busy weekend and getting your feet wet. Next time more of us will know where we are going and we can meet up sooner. I would like to revisit this park over the winter and do the other side.

    November 26, 2012

  • Kathy L.

    It was great to get out and stretch our legs and move without getting soaked. Well, our feet got a little wet from the wet trail but that was a small price to pay for being out on the trails at this time of year.

    November 24, 2012

  • Gretchen S

    Just joined the group, and wondering whether there are waiting lists for currently Full events like this one? Thanks...

    November 14, 2012

    • Kathy L.

      Gretchen, I added a wait list to this event if you want to sign up for it. It is a manual wait list, so if an opening becomes available (which it usually does) you will get a notice and then have to change your rsvp to attending, rather than automatically getting bumped in. I found that nobody that was automatically bumped from the wait list to attending list ever came.

      November 14, 2012

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