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Centennial Trail (Snohomish County)

 An enormously popular recreational trail for walking, bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding accessible to persons of all levels of physical ability. The trail is built on the old Burlington-Northern Railroad line. Development of the trail began in 1989 during the state's centennial, hence the name, Centennial Trail. The hours are limited from 6am to dusk in Arlington, and 7am to dusk on other sections of the trail.
Historical information on the trail near Lake Stevens.

Location: Snohomish County
City(s): Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington, Machias, Bryant, WA
Length: 30 miles.  

Elevation: Gradual uphill northbound
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  Yes
Restrooms:  Yes
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  Yes
Surface Type:  Paved
Surface Quality:  9
Scenery:  9
Lighting: 0

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent

2013 Trail Map
Centennial Trail Coalition
Map to Snohomish County Parks
Ride ... to Skagit Co -article
Trail pictures
1. The gravel/dirt Whitehorse Trail goes towards Darrington from the north side of Arlington.

2. There are initial plans to extend the trail to Monroe, and possibly join up with the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Duvall.
3. The Snohomish County Council voted to purchase a portion of the BNSF corridor, which could lead to an extension of the Centennial Trail south 11 miles to Woodinville.

Directions: For directions to the many trailheads, see the official website

Photo Gallery

Side trail - boardwalk to Lake Cassidy.

An underpass on the Centennial Trail north of Lake Stevens.

Whether traveling by foot, by bike or by horse there's a lane for you on this bridge near Armor Rd.

Trailhead on Armar Road.

The southernmost part of the northern section of the Centennial Trail in Arlington.

Trail crossing in the northern reaches of the Centennial Trail, just south of Arlington.

Trail winds through downtown Arlington.

This bench in Arlington has more than meets the eye…

A colorful mural recalls the railroad that used to travel through Arlington instead of the trail.

Much of the trail used to have these annoying gates. Now they only exist in downtown Arlington

This new segment of trail from Arlington to Bryant was opened in 2010

Bridge crossing the Stillaguamish River in north Arlington

Highway 9 and the trail usually run parallel but diverge here heading north out of Arlington

Horse crossing - watch for "road apples".

One of the few road crossings in the new trail section

The northern end of the trail at Bryant trailhead. A new section northward is now open.


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