Snohomish County Parks and Recreation is planning for improvements to the Heybrook Ridge Park site. The 143 acre property is currently undeveloped with no park amenities or provisions for public access. In accordance with Protective Covenants set forth in the property purchase and sales agreement, the park will be developed for the purposes of forest protection, environmental education and passive recreation. The current project includes development of a Recreation Management Plan and implementation of the Phase 1 Trail Construction project.
The Heybrook Ridge Recreation Management Plan (RMP) will provide an adaptive management tool for construction and maintenance of trails and other passive recreation elements within the Park. Using an adaptive management strategy, the RMP will allow for future flexibility. As new information and/or opportunities become available, the plan may be modified to avoid ecologically sensitive areas, erosion prone slopes, user conflicts and/or other unforeseen site conditions. Modifications and/or additions may also occur to enhance the park recreational experience. Existing habitat and ecological conditions were inventoried and evaluated as part of the recreation planning process; however the RMP does not include detailed recommendations for vegetation and/or habitat management. Additional planning for vegetation and habitat management will be conducted as future needs and/or opportunities arise.
The Recreation Management Plan is completed. Snohomish County Parks is currently implementing Phase 1 of the Trail Construction project. This project will create a trail approximately 2 miles long from the trailhead in the Town of Index to the top of the ridge. The phase 1 trail will end on the south side of the ridge in a previously logged area with views to Bridal Veil Falls, Mt. Index, and the surrounding Skykomish valley.
All acquisitions, plans and site developments are subject to funding availability and subject to Snohomish County Executive and County Council approval.
The trail is complete to the viewpoint! This is a 1.6 mile moderate hiking trail with an elevation gain of approximately 760 feet. There is parking at the trail head with information about the site and wildlife that you might see on the trail on the kiosk.
You are invited to the Grand Opening of the park on October 21st at 2 pm! There will be a short ceremony at the parking lot (50606 Index-Galena Road Index WA 98256) followed by a ribbon cutting and a guided tour of the trail for those who would like to hike it.
After the Grand Opening you are invited to join the 'Friends of Heybrook Ridge' at the River House in Index (444 Ave. A in Index) for their Hoedown and Auction which begins at 5 pm that same day. This is a very fun community way to raise money for Heybrook Ridge County Park.