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Originally published January 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Page modified January 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Hiking With My Brother | Lord Hill Regional Park

Hiking With My Brother

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Our Hiking Time: 2h
Total Ascent: 800ft
Highest Point: 650ft
Total Distance: 5.5 miles
Location: N 47° 50.8440, W 122° 2.9760
Difficulty: Easy

Recently, we found some time to visit Lord Hill Regional Park, a 1,300-acre park in Snohomish County. With over 11 miles of walking trails so close to the city, we took a little tour to see what the park had to offer.

Lord Hill Regional Park covers most of an 800-foot volcanic ridge overlooking the Snohomish River. The prominence was named for Mitchell Lord, a farmer and dairyman who came to the Washington Territory and bought up acreage on the hill in 1879. By 1884 Lord had expanded his holdings and was raising livestock and farming 100 acres on the hill. Logging interests cut down the last of the old growth on Lord Hill by the middle of the 1930s, and large portions of the hill passed into the control of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources. In the 1980s, sections of the hill were again logged before the state conveyed the land to Snohomish County years later. In October of 1995, after building and expanding a few miles of trails, the county officially opened Lord Hill Regional Park. Since that time Lord Hill’s trail network has continued to expand and today supports a variety of users including runners, hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

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