Snohomish County is home to endless trail and biking opportunities. But did you know that Snohomish also has several fantastic equestrian trails for horseback riders? Ride horseback through Snohomish County’s equestrian trails, conveniently located in various cities, including Snohomish, Woodinville and Darrington. Grab your horse and set off on one of these indulgent nature trails. There’s a route for all levels of experience to enjoy.
7 a.m. to dusk
Embark on a horseback ride with 30 miles of Centennial Trail to explore. One of Snohomish’s most popular trails, it is no wonder why. The trail runs from Snohomish to the Skagit County line with a ten-foot-wide paved multi-purpose trail along with a six-foot-wide natural surface equestrian trail that runs parallel. Great for walking, bicycling, and of course, horseback riding, this trail is accessible to people of all levels of physical ability. Pack a lunch and stop at one of the picnic tables or benches. Restrooms are also available for guests on-site.
Centennial Trail is built on the old Burlington-Northern railroad line. Take a stroll through history where development began in 1989 during the state’s centennial, giving this trail its name. The trailhead and rest stop area in Machias is a replication of the Machias Station railroad depot, constructed in the late 1890s. The Machias Trailhead facility is available for rentals. Contact park reservations for additional information.
Centennial Trail currently connects Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington and points in between. This trail allows for a safe, alternative transportation route between these areas. Read through the Bike Safety Guide for safety tips and information. Please note that this trail is not open to any motorized vehicles.
Lord Hill Regional Park
14911 127th Ave. SE
7 a.m. to dusk
Ride through the evergreen forest in this upland nature preserve at Lord Hill Regional Park, featuring over six miles of designated equestrian trails. This wilderness park brings nature to life with the opportunity to see many plants and wildlife up close. On higher points of the trail, take in the panoramic views of the Snohomish River Valley and mountain ranges in the distance. Stop at one of the viewpoints such as Devil’s Butte Lookout or along the ridge of the Pipeline Trail for breathtaking views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
Designated trailhead parking can accommodate up to 25 horse trailers and tow vehicles. Picnic areas and restrooms are available for use at this park. Visit the Lord Hill Park Current Projects page for exciting park updates and renovation plans, resuming summer 2021 after a delay due to COVID-19 limitations.
Paradise Valley Conservation Area (PVCA)
23210 Paradise Lake Rd.
7 a.m. to dusk
Paradise Valley is a 793-acre conservation area in the headwaters of the Bear Creek watershed, playing a vital role in the health of the salmon stream. Take in the views of abundant forests, wetland areas, streams and wildlife throughout the conservation, featuring a 13-mile natural surface trail system open for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. No motor vehicles are allowed at this site. With about seven miles of trails designed for equestrians, venture out horseback and take in this natural, forested conservation. All trails are open to foot traffic, with many trails open for multiple uses.
Equestrian parking is located at the main trailhead, limited to two 10’ x 40’ stalls. Equestrians are encouraged to visit the dedicated trailer parking area at Lord Hill Regional Park for additional parking. For more information and a map of the area, visit the Park Brochure.
Price St. & Railroad Ave.
7 a.m. to dusk
With over 27 miles between Arlington and Darrington to explore, the Whitehorse Trail is an excellent choice for those with a heart for the backcountry of Snohomish County. Following the former BNSF railroad route through the North Stillaguamish River Valley, the trail saunters through the valley from its junction with the Centennial Regional Trail in Arlington. Take in the country with picture-perfect views of farmland, forests, rivers and mountain tops.
Keep in mind there are currently two closures at Whitehorse Trail due to landslide and river washout. The first closure is between the Centennial Trail connection and the Trafton Trailhead. The second closure is west of 435th Ave. NE near Darrington. The remainder of the trail is open to the public. For a map of the area, visit the Whitehorse Trail Map.
Snohomish County is known for scenic views and trails. Venture outside horseback on one of these four equestrian trails in Snohomish County. Take in nature, view wildlife and native plants, wetland preserves or revel in the mountain views. With miles of equestrian trails to explore throughout Snohomish County, there is sure to be something the entire family will enjoy.