Lime Kiln Trail

EASY 231 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
866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

hiking
5 days ago

10 days ago

Beautiful, fairly easy hike with some nice views of the river below. Lots of different types of fungus for the fungus lovers out there!

15 days ago

Very relaxing.

hiking
23 days ago

What a great hike. A couple types of terrain. the artifacts and the old kiln are so cool.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Looking for easy hike but not too short? This is the one. Relatively flat trail compared to others in mountains, with ups and dips here and there. Nice spot down the river to chill at the end of trail, and it was interesting to see the kiln and some bit of area’s history.

2 months ago

interesting and fun

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

easy

trail running
2 months ago

Great spot for trail running. I run to the kiln and turn around and it's about 4.6 miles.

2 months ago

was great hike easy enough my smaller kids could do it. and beautiful to eat down by water.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Had been wanting to do this trail for a while! It was a long muggy walk but worth it and the end! The kiln was pretty rad and when we got go the beach I stripped down and had a lovely swim with my pup in the perfect swimming hole right off the sandy beach! Only saw 3 other groups on my way out! Really enjoyed today! :)

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Well maintained trail for running, recently trimmed, with quite a few spots that demand either walking or your best, careful stutter-step. Over 1000ft elevation gain to the Kiln then back making for what I consider to be more of a Moderate difficulty for running. Great to have something to aim for - the Kiln - which comes out of nowhere along the trail as it follows an old railroad line I'll estimate as about 150-200ft above the Stilly.

hiking
3 months ago