Lime Kiln Trail

EASY 165 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 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.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

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
1 day 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Cool scenery nice for friends to have a good hike

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

This was 1st hike of the season, I only made it 3.3 miles due to knee issues, but a nice starter hike. There was some mud and standing water in places, but this is normal except when there's no rain for awaited. Nice trail for starters.

17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

The surrounding vegetation is fascinating and the trail although muddy, really pleasant with ups and downs!
Tip: Push all the way to the end of the trail by the river and you will be able to see the river support blocks/beams on which the railroad bridge was built!

hiking
20 days ago

Fun trail. First 1.5 miles fairly easy.. last 1.5 miles to lime kiln are a little tougher. Great hike for beginners.. last weekend it was a bit muddy but made it out :)

hiking
23 days ago

Trail was well maintained but very muddy. This was my first time doing this hike and I plan on coming back.
bugs are out and about now so I recommend bug spray. The Kiln was really cool to see as well as the river.
It's a good trail for all skill/activity levels.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike as always, muddy in several places, easy to maneuver around.

1 month ago

1 month ago

best seanery your will see

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Short on time, so only got to the lime kiln; about 3 hours there and out again. Good clear trail. A little muddy in places, which is to be expected in March, but not a problem with hiking boots. Trail gets narrow in places. Views of the river. Lots of dogs.

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2 months ago

Hike was good! Cool day, and surprisingly a lot of people and dogs. Made it to the Kiln with 2 five year olds in tow. Woo!