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Pocket wilderness, backyard wilderness, urban wilderness-all are appropriate descriptions of the sprawling forested ridge between the cities of Snohomish and Monroe known as Lord Hill. Over 1400 acres of this emerald upland on the Snohomish River are protected from development within Snohomish County's Lord Hill Regional Park, providing excellent outdoor wanderings close to ever-burgeoning Puget Sound cities.

Lord Hill's location alone, situated within easy reach of hundreds of thousands of urban and suburban dwellers, makes it an attractive place. But Lord Hill is a place of natural beauty too, with placid ponds, Snohomish River frontage, scenic lookouts, and lush forests. Its large and varied habitats also support a wide array of wildlife, including bears, cougars, and bobcats.

There are over 11 miles of trail and several miles of old woods roads traversing this park named for Mitchell Lord, who homesteaded here in the 1880s. Several semiloop options exist, from short leg stretchers to all-day explorations. Here are three good suggestions. Feel free to combine them, or better yet, make them into three separate trips.

Beaver Lake: Head down the Main Trail through a cool forest of big trees, coming to a junction in 0.4 mile. Turn left on the Beaver Lake Trail and follow it through a tunnel of alders to the marshy body of water called Beaver Lake. Take a right on the Pipeline Trail, a right on the Pipeline Cutoff Trail, and then another right on the Main Trail to return to the parking lot.

West View: Head down the Main Trail through a cool forest of big trees to the junction at 0.4 mile. Turn right, following the Main Trail for 0.3 mile to another junction. Turn right again onto the West View Trail. After 0.8 mile come to a 650-foot knoll with a window view that includes Mount Baker. Take the loop trail around the knoll and back to the West View Trail, retracing your steps back to the parking lot. You can extend this hike by heading up the Devils Butte Trail, which branches off of the West View Trail.

Snohomish River: Head down the Main Trail through a cool forest of big trees, coming to the junction at 0.4 mile. Turn right, continuing on the Main Trail and avoiding all side trails. At 1.6 miles come to a junction with the River Trail. Take it and drop several hundred feet in 1 mile to a quiet and secluded spot on the Snohomish River. Retrace your route, or follow the River Trail Cutoff to the Pipeline Trail to the Beaver Lake Trail back to your vehicle for a more varied 6-mile loop.
Driving Directions:

From the city of Snohomish, exit State Route 9 onto 2nd Street. Proceed east for 1 mile. Then turn right onto Lincoln Avenue, which becomes the Old Snohomish-Monroe Highway. After 2.7 miles, turn right (south) onto 127th Avenue SE and proceed for about 1.6 miles to the park entrance and trailhead (elev. 525 ft). Privy available.

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Lord Hill — Apr 12, 2014 — Paul M
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Water on trail
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We did several of the trails including Beaver Lake Trail, Pipeline Trail, River Trail and Main Trail...
We did several of the trails including Beaver Lake Trail, Pipeline Trail, River Trail and Main Trail and as an added bonus, we even climbed up to the look out point at View Point by mistake, but what a view that was on a beautiful sunny day!

All of the trails are accessible and without issue. River Trail, the one marked 0.9, had the trail covered in water but it was passable on the extreme edges. This was on a day where it hadn't rained in a while. The trail down to the river had running water on the trail in places but with good hiking shoes this is not an issue.

The map at the beginning of the trail is very accurate but despite this, we took Pipeline Cutoff Trail instead of Main Trail as we thought we had counted the third trail from Pipeline. Knowing we needed to take first left, we ended up climbing to View Point. It was there that we realized our mistake but we continued along that trail and picked up River Trail from Main. If you don't have a map, simply take a photo of the map at the beginning of the hike and reference it throughout.
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Lord Hill — Apr 05, 2014 — RhondaHikes
Day hike
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Did several of the trails in Lord Hill Regional Park including Beaver Pond, Pipe Line, Temple Pond, ...
Did several of the trails in Lord Hill Regional Park including Beaver Pond, Pipe Line, Temple Pond, and Main trail. This is a nice network of trails. We didn't see many people on the trail. Most of the time we had it to ourselves. Some of the low level trees are starting to leaf and we saw some with flowers. Trail was muddy in places. Easy parking and port-a-potty at the trailhead.
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Lord Hill — Feb 28, 2014 — snow Cat
Day hike
Issues: Mud/Rockslide
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Having enjoyed the Great horned owl family from a distance last weekend at Nisqually, I was startled...
Having enjoyed the Great horned owl family from a distance last weekend at Nisqually, I was startled to find myself face-to-face with this one. Perhaps it's a geo cache, as I seem to have a knack for stumbling upon those, but I don't know, as I left it undisturbed.


Mud, mud, everywhere mud, but I still usually find some kind of treasure here. I startled a bald eagle from its perch at the viewpoint, watched Hooded mergansers and a kingfisher working over Temple Pond 1, found owl pellets, the remains of a large bird, a horse-trodden NW salamander, and the first butterfly of the season.
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Lord Hill — Feb 02, 2014 — MmeMazama
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes
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What a lovely park for a quick hike or trail run. The foot trails were small and covered with leave...
What a lovely park for a quick hike or trail run. The foot trails were small and covered with leaves so it could be easy to get a little lost but there are trail signs and even a few maps throughout the park on the main trails. "Evidence" of horses wasn't too bad. ;)
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Lord Hill — Jan 01, 2014 — johnboerger
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail
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Great hike to start the new year. We encountered mud and water over parts of the trail, but nothing ...
Great hike to start the new year. We encountered mud and water over parts of the trail, but nothing that prevented us from trekking onward. We hiked the Beaver Lake and the Temple Loop trails and loved every minute of it.
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Pond on Temple Loop Trail. Photo by eelpi.
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2010
Location
Puget Sound and Islands
Snohomish County Parks
Statistics
Roundtrip 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain 200 ft
Highest Point 650 ft
Features
Rivers
Lakes
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Wildlife
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
May encounter mountains bikes
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