Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hitting the Trails at Lord Hill Regional Park

Hank and Tim take a winter hike at Lord Hill Regional Park
Always ready for a winter hike, even on a rainy January day, we decided to check out Lord Hill Regional Park in Snohomish County.  The park is at low-elevation and a short driving distance from our home in the burbs of South Snohomish County - both pluses for a great hike in the winter.

Lord Hill Regional Park Map

This 1463 acre nature preserve has over 11 miles of trails and was designed for use by both equestrians and hikers.  Dogs are to be kept on leash both to avoid bothering others and for their own safety because of the possible presence of horses on the trails.

The parking lot is right next to the trail head which has maps and information and a sani-can nearby.

Lord Hill Regional Park Trail

 The trail starts off in a forested area with evergreen trees festooned with moss.  Note there are some muddy spots after winter rains.

Boardwalks on the Lord Hill trails
There are several boardwalks crossing some of the wetter spots, but watch your footing - they can be slippery when wet.

Lord Hill Park benches and interpretive Sign

There are benches scatted along the trail to take a rest break.

Lord Hill Park Interpretive Sign
 And numerous interpretive signs with information about the nature and history of the park.

Pipeline Trail - Lord Hill Park
 There is a section of trail over a pipeline right of way that is more open where there is a branch to another trail loop.

Lord Hill Regional Park Beaver Pond 
Another highlight is the possible chance of seeing beavers at work in the beaver pond located in the park.

We just did the 3 mile loop since the weather wasn't the best and head back to the parking lot.

If you are interested in checking out Lord Hill Regional Park, here's the map of where it is located.

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