Whitehorse Trail Development – Phase 2

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Snohomish County Parks Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 1096000 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 10 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1813

Location Details

The trail properties can be accessed from several official parking areas: Property 1: Haller Park - Take SR 530 east from I-5 for approximately 4 miles. Turn left at the SR9/SR 530 red light and turn right at the next intersection to continue onto eastbound SR 530 (Burke Ave). Turn left onto N. West Ave and park at the end of the road in the Haller Park lot. Walk north on the Centennial Trail for approximately 1 mile to the junction with the Whitehorse Trail. Trafton Trailhead - Take eastbound SR 530 from the junction with SR 9 for approximately 7 miles. Turn left onto 115th Ave NE and continue down the hill to the trailhead at the farm on the left. Property 2: Take eastbound SR 530 from the junction with SR 9 for approximately 18 miles. Turn left onto Fortson Mill Road and continue down the hill to the parking area. The trail can be reached via a short access trail from the parking area.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.