Imagine a twenty-mile paved path that takes you from the small, vintage-vibe riverside town of Snohomish all the way north to the small, vintage-vibe riverside town of Arlington. And beyond. Lucky you!
The Centennial Trail has earned a spot in the heart of locals for its well-maintained paved path (thanks Snohomish County Parks!) and gentle slopes. The “worst” of the hills are gentle inclines. Perfect for logging some milage.
There’s no traffic to worry about so you can lock into your pace, crank the music on your phone, and slip into a trance as you zip past farmland, woodland, lakes, rivers, and creeks.
This lesser-known trail runs down the valley, traveling parallel to the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. The route is almost completely flat, allowing you to soak in the eye candy that is the foothills of the Cascades on the way to the small lumber town of Darrington.
It’s likely that Whitehorse – a newer path – will one day be filled with packs of runners. But for now this remote trail is your for the enjoying in solitude and tranquility.
Lord Hill trail network
This trail system is arguably the crown jewel of Snohomish County Parks. With miles of woven interconnected trails this place is great for off-road racing. And, with plenty of hills in varying gradations, you’re sure to get some hill repeats and calf-building exercise in.
Lord Hill Trails wind through second-growth PNW forest, including alder forest, groves of cedar and ferns, open grassy fields, intermittent marshland and, well, basically over hill and dale. It is a hot spot for deer and beaver.
Please note that you can get lost in this park, especially if you’re absorbed in the natural beauty around you. Look out for landmarks and download a GPS map for wayfinding.