Originally a homestead in the 1880s, Paradise Valley’s nearly 800 acres in Woodinville now provide refuge for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and the occasional fox or coyote. The true beauty of this “paradise” is its relative obscurity: It opened as a conservation area a little over a year ago, and urbanites have been slow to take advantage of its 13 miles of well-marked, well-maintained trails. Routes get—and stay—muddy after a heavy rain, but slog on and you’ll see a patch of trilliums on the forest floor or a vernal pool of crooning tree frogs. Or a family running with its dog—just like at home(stead).
Distance from Downtown 27 miles
Permits and Passes None
Map Snohomish County Parks and Recreation: Paradise Valley Conservation Area