Lime Kiln Trail

EASY 185 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
1236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Not very strenuous but a very exciting little hike. Views of moss covered trees, river and salmon berries. Some mud on the trail but not enough to be bothersome. Walk past the lime kiln structure and make it to the riverfront where you can dip your feet and enjoy some snacks.

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9 days ago

You can see the salmonberries growing along the trail.

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14 days ago

Shaded trail. Great for dogs. Hiked on 6/11/17 from 12:20pm-2:45pm

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22 days ago

According to our gps tracker this trail is 8.52 miles to the river and back to the trailhead. By the end, even our 10 month old puppy was TIRED!! This is a great beginner trail, expect a few hills. The really big one that seems to go on forever was fun! the two kids, 6 and 9 kept up most of the way... they both fell asleep in the car. All in all it was a good trip. Hope to explore more and find more interesting places.

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29 days ago

it was a nice and easy hike I'm a beginner, and got threw it.

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29 days ago

Super beginner hike. It's on the longer side, but the elevation gain/loss is minimal so it wasn't too rough.

backpacking
29 days ago

Morgan sprained her ankle a mile in to the hike. We will come back another day!

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1 month ago

I love this hike, I think it's my 4th or 5th time already this year. It's nice to see it at different stages of growth, and right now it's absolutely beautiful. A great hike for new hikers, and on a sunny day it's an amazing afternoon early evening hike. It also makes for a great solo hike too.