Lime Kiln Trail

EASY 296 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.

hiking
2 hours 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.

hiking
21 hours 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Really nice hike

hiking
13 days 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.

hiking
21 days 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!!

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of Mother Nature.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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).

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!

hiking
1 month 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike and easy for all.

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice walk through the woods. The kiln is pretty cool. I would go again, but it isn't one of my favorites.

3 months ago

Loved this hike!

3 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful views near the end and the uphill and downhill are perfectly separated! So much fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail for all. Some spots are washing out and getting narrow. My 5 yr old got really tired the last mile back. Altogether really fun hike!

4 months ago

did this hike on Saturday afternoon. trail was fairly busy but never felt rushed. I'm extremely out of shape so this hike was a great "back at it" hike. will definitely be doing again

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! Will definitely do it again.

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely easy hike, or I should say a walk in the forest together with my three Shih Tzu.
It’s both dog friendly and kids friendly and I’d say it’s appropriate for all skill levels. The trail was wet and muddy, but we had fun!

hiking
4 months ago

We went today with our daughter(in a carrier), 5 year old son and our dog. It was a perfect hike for family. It was our sons first hike and he loved it. It was a little muddy but nothing you couldn’t walk around. We will be going back for sure!

hiking
5 months ago

It was my first hike in 15 years and it is perfect for people who are not sure of their skill level.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy to follow trail. Great hike for families.

hiking
5 months ago

nice hike with great views

hiking
6 months ago

perfect for a winter afternoon!

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