3 Best Snohomish County Hiking Trails to Discover This Winter
Washington state is home to some of the most picturesque, verdant hikes in the country, and Snohomish County is no different. Here are three of the best Snohomish County hikes to discover in the winter or any time of year.
Boulder River Waterfall
Boulder River offers one of the best hikes in the region thanks to its amazing waterfall views. But the waterfalls aren’t the only natural beauty to enjoy — a hike through Boulder River will take you through lush old-growth forest along trails lined with ferns, mosses, and a pristine roaring river. Hikes in Boulder River are rated easy thanks to their moderate grade and wide trails, but hikers should be prepared for occasional rocky patches that can get slippery in damp weather. This in-and-out hike can extend up to 9 miles total, but the most popular option is the 4-mile in-and-out trek that takes hikers past two waterfalls.
The Boulder River Trail trailhead can be found east of Arlington off of State Route 530 NE.
Lord Hill Regional Park
Lord Hill Regional Park is a great, super-accessible park that offers a variety of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians alike. It’s easy to lose track of time in this 1,463-acre nature park with its diverse trails that meander through woodlands, past beaver dams, and along ridges. The park offers just over 6 miles of trails with plenty of loop options so you can make your adventure as long or as short as you’d like. If you have little ones in tow, we recommend taking a quick loop from the Beaver Lake Trail to the Main Trail, which comes in at just over a mile. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, head about 2 miles in along the Main Trail and Pipeline Trail to explore old quarry sites before heading out via the many looping side trails.
The main parking area for Lord Hill Regional Park is located about 7 miles west of Monroe, on 127th Avenue SE just off of Old Snohomish Monroe Road.
Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene
Experienced hikers can’t miss the chance to visit Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene, which are just a short drive east of Monroe. This 6.6-mile trail winds past the enchanting Bridal Veil Falls and on to the crystal clear waters of Lake Serene. Even though this trail is a moderate length, the hike proves challenging thanks to switchbacks, steep inclines, lengthy staircases, and slick rocks. If you can make it the entire distance, the payoff is more than worth it. The views of Lake Serene are incredible, with the imposing Mount Index reflecting in the still lake waters. If you can’t make it all the way to the lake, you can do a shorter in-and-out route to Bridal Veil Falls, coming in at just over 4 miles for the round trip. Either option offers a challenging but rewarding venture.
The trailhead for Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene is located just off of U.S. Highway 2, 20 miles east of Monroe.
Residents of Snohomish County are lucky to have access to some of the best nature in the country. If you haven’t yet checked out these three hiking areas, make sure they have a spot at the top of your hiking to-do list.
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