Lime Kiln Trail

Granite Falls, Washington

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Despite its laid-back demeanor, the quiet town of Granite Falls was once a thriving economic hub. The local railway disappeared long ago with the logging and mining firms it used to serve, but many archeological remnants of the industrial-era operation still remain, waiting to be discovered by those who know where to look. This hike runs along the southern side of the Stillaguamish River, exploring the region’s colorful past and culminating at the unique ruins of an old lime kiln, standing in the beautifully regenerated forest.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

Despite its laid-back demeanor, the quiet town of Granite Falls was once a thriving economic hub. The local railway disappeared long ago with the logging and mining firms it used to serve, but many archeological remnants of the industrial-era operation still remain, waiting to be discovered by those who know where to look.

This hike runs along the southern side of the Stillaguamish River, exploring the region’s colorful past and culminating at the unique ruins of an old lime kiln, standing in the beautifully regenerated forest.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Length: 6.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, daily, 7 a.m.–sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 650 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 425-388-6600; snohomishcountywa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Lime-Kiln-Trailhead-95
Local Maps: Green Trails: Granite Falls 109; USGS Granite Falls
Topo Map: Lime Kiln Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/16/2007

The day started in the parking lot for Lake 22, but when we saw about 6 or 7 cars there we decided to head over to Heather Lake. This turned out to be a great idea since we were the first car in the lot at about 9:30. The hike was great, although if you like to keep your boots clean on the trail, you might want to consider a different hike, this one was muddy! There was still a little snow hanging around on the sides of the trail and at the base of the cliffs, which we couldn't see too far up because of the clouds. On the way down we saw 6 or 7 other groups on their way up. The dogs loved the mud, the lake and the little waterfall on the way up. Overall, this was a great hike, just long enough to feel like you got some exercise, but not so long that you are tired for the rest of the day.

5/14/2007

This was a hard 5 miles but well worth it. There is a about a 700 ft climb overall. I started at the parking lot in Sunny 80 degee weather and hit the snowline at the top. This was in early may. The snow was patchy but deep in spots. The lake and surrounding moutains are well worth it. I could hear avalanches on the cliffs so I stayed a repectful distance from that side of the lake. There were a lot of bear tracks so keep you eyes open and make some noise, as you do not want to surprise one. Take this hike you will not forget it.

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