Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
The Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation will use this grant to develop 6.5 miles of the Whitehorse Trail from its junction with the Centennial Trail to the State Route 530 crossing west of Cicero and a 6-mile stretch from C-Post Road to Swede Heaven Road. The county will grade the original rail bed, install base material, and re-surface the trail with gravel. The Whitehorse Trail is a 28-mile regional, multi-use trail that winds through the North Fork Stillaguamish River valley along an abandoned rail line. The trail stretches from Arlington to Darrington, frequently paralleling State Route 530 and the North Fork Stillaguamish River, rewarding visitors with views of forests, farmland, and mountains. Completing and opening the Whitehorse Trail will offer Snohomish County residents more than 62 miles of contiguous trail with its connection to the Centennial Trail in Arlington. Finishing the trail linkage will not only connect the two municipalities, but also will create a vital tourism arterial, providing a base to further access backcountry trails on land owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service in the northeastern county. Snohomish County will contribute more than $1 million.