Lime Kiln Trail

EASY 333 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
918 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

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.

22 days ago

Beautiful woodsy and easy hike! I loved the river spot! Sometimes you just don't want to climb 3,000 feet!

nice walk to the old kiln and nice good cold swim at the river! but warmer than lake 22

27 days ago

super easy. great with the kids

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28 days ago

Great hike! Brought a couple of dogs and they loved it. Especially the extra hike to the water. It was pretty easy overall. Some parts are pretty narrow and we got eaten by mosquitos. But it was very pretty!

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1 month ago

Nice hike for kiddos, peaceful and relaxing with a cool little river loop at the end of trail. Historical context of hike added bonus.

1 month ago

Great for kids! My four year old walked (almost) the entire way. The kiln and old logging equipment were super interesting. The trail is well maintained and not difficult at all.

1 month ago

Great hike, good for kids too. A bit of a hill towards the end. A nice scenic trail!

1 month ago

Was a great hike even in the rain. There's a good mix of incline/flat/decline to keep it on the easy side. I would like to go back in the sun and spend more time at the river.

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1 month ago

Well groomed trail. If you have a dog that likes water the payoff is at the end of the trail with a nice river access area. The current was not very strong and my dog was able to swim. Go early though, this trail gets packed.

1 month ago

I did this hike with my dog and it was nice. The views change from ferns and moss, to a blackberry patch, easy gravel trail, then a dirt trail with some rocks, logs, and a bit of water over the trail in some areas. The kiln and remnants were cool. You travel above the river the last part of the hike, and can hear it but can’t easily reach it. I’m a novice hiker and wore my tennis shoes and did fine. Recommend doing during the week. Looks like parking is a problem on weekends. Lots of no parking signs before the parking lot.

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1 month ago

very nice, easy, well maintained, it's good for daily exercise and learn some historic as you go.

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1 month ago

Just did this hike yesterday with a friend. Easy on the way down and slightly moderate (at times) on the return.

The kiln was neat to look at but hardly anything has been left behind. It’s 100+ years old after all. Still quite a feat that it was ever constructed.

The river was beautifully green (assuming from the lime stone?) and there were plenty of spots to sit and enjoy.

Parking was easy at 8:30 on a Sunday morning.

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1 month ago

An easy hike, with beautiful scenery and interesting finds. The trail itself is well maintained and fun to learn some of the history as you go.

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1 month ago

This is the perfect intro hike for people trying to get back into shape (like myself!). While there were easy parts, the few hills and total distance kept it at a good challenge.

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2 months ago

Really nice hike

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2 months ago

This was a nice hike. It’s a quiet trill with some interesting things to see on the way. People are nice throughout the trill. Hopefully I will be back.

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2 months ago

Heads up to the fellow chubbies who are just rolling off the couch looking for an easy first hike to get you back in the game.....this hike is not for you. This will be a good one after about 2 weeks of “easy” hikes. It has a good up hill climb. I say this as a chubby girl so you fit athletic people can just skip right over this review. It is beautiful and relaxing, but it is far from a chubby girls definition of a “easy” hike. Also keep everything out of your car and leave it unlocked so the lazy ass people who don’t want to work for a living and get off by breaking into people’s cars can easily see you have nothing for them.
Go get em chubbies and show them you can do it!!

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2 months ago

It was a great hike but our Van along with another car had their windows smashed today. They took a purse that was hidden and then went to the hotel our family was staying at and stole all of their belongings there too. I know it can happen anywhere but just wanted to warn you to not keep valuables in the cars here

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2 months ago

Beautiful views of Mother Nature.

3 months ago

The pictures made it look cooler than we thought it was. But it's a nice 3 hour hike if you keep moving.

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3 months ago

Great hike. Will get there very early next time to avoid the later hikers going up on the way back. Good trail for easing back into hiking season and training my 6 month old puppy on trail etiquette. (wish more dog owners would do some training).

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3 months ago

Beautiful!

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3 months ago

Nice mostly flat trail. Was good for a day trip, afternoon hike. For a Friday I ran into probably five couples and a family hiking, not too bad if your trying to get away. I liked reading the history behind the trail at the trailhead kiosk.

3 months ago

was our first time here and we really enjoyed it. we rode mt. bikes and will hike it next time for sure. We were surprised it wasn't as muddy as we thought it would be.

3 months ago

nice but very very muddy. still an enjoyable hike, easy, limited elevation,.well marked.

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3 months ago

Decent highly trafficked hike, parking area can reach capacity rather quickly. Trail is fairly wide and flat for the majority of the journey.

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4 months ago

beautiful hike and easy for all.

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4 months ago

Went with a few friends and it was amazing. I loved following the curve of the hill. :)

5 months ago

Nice easy hike. Muddy and wet at some spots. Lot was full after noon.

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5 months ago

It was a fun and beautiful hike. It is dog friendly too! Be careful if you have a water loving pup because you will get splashed a few times.

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