Lime Kiln Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From WTA.org (Washington Trails Association): The Lime Kiln Trail not only takes you deep into a lush and remote canyon carved by the South Fork Stillaguamish River, but also leads you deep back into history. Developed almost entirely by volunteers, this delightful trail serves up a unique journey into the heart of Snohomish County's 970-acre Robe Canyon Historical Park. The fairly new park protects over 7 miles of frontage along the South Fork Stillaguamish, as well as preserving an old townsite and a century-old limekiln. The kiln, located 2.6 miles up the trail, is a 20-foot tall stone structure once used to cook limestone. The powdered lime was then transported by the Everett and Monte Cristo Railway to smelters and mills in Everett. Built in 1892 and abandoned in 1934, a section of this rail line has been resurrected as part of the Lime Kiln Trail. Before embarking on this historical hike, take time to read the informative kiosk at the trailhead. It'll help you more fully appreciate the journey you are about to set off on. The wide and graveled trail takes off through a scrappy forest recovering from years of timber harvesting. The way temporarily leaves the park to traverse private land. Please stay on the path. Cross a small creek and emerge onto an old road. Continue on a slightly rolling course, following directional signs, and after 0.75 mile reenter the park, leave the road, and continue once again on real trail. Pass Hubbard Pond, a shallow body of water surrounded by old cedars and thickets of salal. Cross its outlet creek on a sturdy bridge, then follow another old road a short distance to a well-marked junction. Here a sign directs you to head left and leave the roadway for a descent into a cool, lush, emerald ravine. Amid giant cottonwoods, Hubbard Creek provides a background score of tumbling tunes. Emerge on a bench high above the roaring waters of the South Fork Stilly. Now using the former railbed of the old Everett and Monte Cristo Railway, the trail travels upriver through a narrow canyon. Under a canopy of towering moss-draped maples, the fern-lined trail continues on its way to the old limekiln. En route you'll pass scores of historical relics literally littering the forest floor. Old saw blades, bricks, bottles, stove parts, and bed frames testify that this remote locale once supported a thriving community, Cut-Off Junction (please leave all artifacts in place for others to enjoy). Just up ahead (2.6 miles from your start) lies the source of this past activity, the limekiln, which remains remarkably intact (please stay off of it to ensure it stands another hundred years). Beyond the old kiln, the trail continues for another 0.8 mile, ending at where a rail bridge once spanned the river. A short loop path takes off left, leading to a graveled bar on the river-a perfect spot to sit and reflect on the area's history and its natural beauty.
Hiked today with our Irish wolfhound and our little mix pup. With all the rain the trail is mostly mud and puddles with parts of the trail running with water. I would recommend waterproof boots for sure. One of the bridges with the handrail is very narrow and could use some of the metal netting/grip. Our wolfound almost fell off and we had to traverse through the rushing water and up the embankment. Im not sure we will do the hike again with him in the rain. We did pass several people with dogs. All were leashed as ours were except for one. Fortunately the owner had very good verbal command of his dog. Looking forward to the spring and summer to revisit this hike or on a dry day. Overall very beautiful and lush.
Hiked the trail for the second time this year. Lots of trees down from recent storms. Along with lots of water on trail the bridges are very slippery so use hand rails when available. Did not see any of the traction wire noted in other posts. I still enjoy this trail due to history and the kiln.
Fun hike! However I think I'm the only person that leashes their dog. Got here around 11 and only 6 cars in the lot. Passed by only a few hikers.
Adventurous trail for all skill levels!! Well maintained, secluded trail on the outskirts of Granite Falls. Was not able to "check in " online with this app. Rocky in some areas with lifted roots on trail. Many fun bridges and trees to cross under and over. Definitely worth the 7 miles.
Very well maintained trail! The historical aspects add a great deal to this relatively easy hike. The trail consists of several crossings to be aware of; Y Beam, three or so log crossings (about 5-6' crossing) with no hand assistance. The log crossings have traction wire to prevent slipping. Towards the end of the trail there is a large tree across the trail that has been fashioned into a step of sorts. The trail is mostly sheltered from direct sunlight but can get buggy at times. Shortly before the Lime Kiln you'll begin to notice random objects, remnants of the railroad co., saw blades, rail tracks and beams etc.. Finally you'll approach the Lime Kiln. The kiln is very well preserved and rather impressive, covered in gorgeous fronds and saplings. Beyond the kiln is the end of the trail which consists of a small loop. Ignore the loop initially and walk down to take a look at the old rail bridge. Only the support beams of the bridge exist today but they are solid and a great place to climb up and have lunch over the crystal flowing river. The bank to the former bridge is steep so know your limits and be sure you'll be able to climb back up. Taking the same trail back get back on the loop. Mid way through are a few paths down to the river bank. Late summer and fall there is beach exposure-makes for a great swim and picnic area. Winter through spring it's a death trap--stay back! The trail back from the completed loop will be completely familiar, take your time and enjoy the sounds of the river to your right. This trail is surrounded by a few stretches of private property so be mindful of trespassing.
Devils Club and Stinging Nettle are everywhere off trail.
No bathrooms available that I noticed-be careful of above plants when leaving the trail!
had tons of fun on the trail. very beautiful scenery.
Great family hike! We brought our little dog and she did great.
Good trail nice and easy nature type walk, great to have my dog with me, recommend doing it if you want something light and easy especially if you have a dog :-)