Lime Kiln Trail

Granite Falls, Washington

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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.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 625 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 750 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Snohomish County Parks, Ranger District No. 4
Local Maps: Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109 (trail not shown)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lime Kiln Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/2008
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Easy hike, yet some parts of the trail are over grown. As you near the river the trail forks into a lower and upper trail. On the upper trail, some of the "bridges" (logs) were slick, worn out, and could use better upkeep. Bear scat was visible near one of the many sections of wild blackberries. Hiking traffic was light for the day.



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