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 Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to construct two sections of the Whitehorse Trail, a 28 mile regional multi-use trail that is located in the North Fork Stillaguamish Valley along a rail-banked BNSF corridor. The trail meanders through the valley stretching from Arlington to Darrington from its junction with the Centennial Trail, frequently paralleling SR 530 and the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The goal of this project is to develop a 4.8 mile section of trail from the Centennial Trail junction to the SR 530 crossing West of Cicero, and a 6 mile section from C-Post Road to Swede Heaven Road. Improvements include grading the original rail bed, installing base material and geo-fabric where needed, and re-surfacing with up to 6 inches of compacted crushed rock for accessibility. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be a regional, non-motorized, multi-use trail.