Lord Hill Regional Park Preferred Plan Process

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Project Contact

Emily Griffith, Senior Park Planner

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Email: emily.griffith@snoco.org

Phone: 425-388-6620

UPDATES

  1. FALL 2021
  2. PUBLIC MEETING 11/16/21

Updated: October 21, 2021


The Preferred Plan process is resuming after a pause due to COVID-19. Building from the community and stakeholder input over the last five years, the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Division will finalize updates to the Preferred Plan over the next year. Currently, Parks is working with the selected consultant team to get under contract to support the Preferred Plan process. The next steps include a fall stakeholder meeting (which will take place October 2021) and a fall public meeting.


Public Meeting November 16, 2021 6:00-8:00 pm

Our next public meeting is coming up in November! Join us virtually for updates about the process and to share community input.


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OVERVIEW

  1. DESCRIPTION
  2. BACKGROUND
  3. GOALS
  4. PROJECTS COMPLETED
  5. DOCUMENTS

Lord Hill Regional Park is a gem within the Snohomish County Parks system, one that we are looking ahead to preserve in light of our changing climate and growing population within the county and the region. As a regional park, Lord Hill is shared between many different recreational uses and we recognize there are opportunities to optimize the trail system of the park to improve user experience and safety. Lord Hill Regional Park is also mostly a natural area, and the Parks Division is committed to preserving critical areas and habitat throughout the park.

 

Building from the Master Plan originally published in 1988 and updated in 1996, the Parks & Recreation Division is looking to update our Preferred Plan for the park which includes an official trail plan, wayfinding signs and posts, detailed maps and expanded parking solutions. Working with a study group of stakeholders representing the various local user groups, a shared-use conceptual plan will be refined through this process and will serve as the basis for the official trail plan. Parks will continue to work with the study group on establishing the trail system designations and placing signage and maps throughout the park.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read our Lord Hill Regional Park FAQ as a PDF here, or see questions by subject tab below.

  1. EDUCATION
  2. GET INVOLVED
  3. HISTORY
  4. PREFERRED PLAN PROCESS
  5. CURRENT ISSUES
  6. FUTURE

I’m new to shared-use trails. What is the etiquette when using Lord Hill Regional Park trails? 



Here are the basics of right-of-way broken down depending on what type of trail user you are (from Washington Trails Association):


HIKERS

As a hiker, you're probably the slowest trail user out there when compared to bikes and horses. What hikers lack in speed though is made up in maneuverability, allowing them to find areas to yield to other trail users easily. Here are some tips for meeting other trail users while on a hike:

  • Hikers should yield to equestrians when possible. If the conditions permit, step to the downhill side of the trail.
  • Communicate with equestrians and try not to make any sudden movements when the horse passes to avoid startling it.
  • If you encounter another hiker, the hiker moving downhill yields to the hiker moving uphill.

MOUNTAIN BIKERS

Mountain bikers are the fastest moving trail users out there on a descent, so keeping an eye ahead on the trail is good practice. Here are a few tips and guidelines for riding on a multi-use trail:

  • Mountain bikers should yield to both hikers and equestrians when possible.
  • Watch speeds around blind corners where you might encounter another trail user.
  • Some equestrians may ask you to dismount from the bike as they pass to avoid startling the horse.
  • Wait for horses to fully pass before resuming your ride.
  • If you encounter another mountain biker, yield to the rider moving uphill.

EQUESTRIANS

As the largest trail user, equestrians and their horses can be intimidating for other trail users to encounter. Communicating with hikers and mountain bikers about how best to yield is good practice. Here are some tips for encountering mountain bikers and hikers:

  • Though equestrians have the right-of-way when meeting hikers and mountain bikers, there may be situations where it makes more sense to yield than pass. This is especially pertinent if mountain bikers are approaching from behind on a descent.
  • Use clear communication to other trail users to ensure they won't be in the way when passing.
  • Politely ask mountain bikers to dismount if your horse is easily startled or unsure around bikes.
  • If you encounter another equestrian, find a wide area to yield and allow the horse moving uphill to pass.

TRAIL USERS WITH DOGS

Taking your dog onto trails comes with an added set of responsibilities to not only your pet, but also to other trail users. Here are some tips and guidelines for bringing your dog on trail:

  • Trail users with dogs should yield to all other trail users.
  • It's best practice (and on some trails, the law) to have your dog on leash. Dogs must be on-leash at Lord Hill Regional Park.
  • Keep your dog close when passing children, horses or other dogs, even if your dog is friendly. Be sure to communicate with equestrians to ensure the horse isn't startled by the presence of other animals.

Here are some great resources for more trail education: