A map of the Whitehorse Trail closure. (Snohomish County Parks and Recreation)

A map of the Whitehorse Trail closure. (Snohomish County Parks and Recreation)

Slide prompts closure of Whitehorse trail east of Arlington

More than two miles of the route will be closed indefinitely “due to significant earth movement.”

ARLINGTON — Whitehorse Regional Trail east of Arlington has been closed because of a slide.

Snohomish County Parks officials announced the closure on Wednesday morning. They said 2.6 miles of the trail between between the Centennial Trail in Arlington and Trafton will be closed indefinitely “due to significant earth movement.”

Plans were in the works to resurface that section of the trail with a fall opening, but work now will be done on a different section because of the slide.

Parks officials planned to work closely with county geologists and also to identify money to repair and reinforce approximately 1,400 feet of trail and embankment.

The affected section of the trail already was officially closed, but that hasn’t kept people from using it anyway. “Any users of this section of the trail are putting themselves and their companions at risk,” the county said in a news release.

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