Lime Kiln Trail

Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park, Washington

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain231ft
Trailhead Elevation626ft
Top785ft
Elevation Min/Max626/785ft
Elevation Start/End626/626ft

Lime Kiln Trail

Lime Kiln Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is within Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 626 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5 miles with a total elevation gain of 231 feet. The Lime Kiln Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.

Lime Kiln Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This lesser-known end of Robe Canyon once contained the historic Everett and Monte Cristo Railway line that carried silver and gold. The railroad was built in 1892 and continued to run intermittently, when not closed by floods and slides, until the mines closed in 1920. The lower part continued to be used as a logging railroad until 1934.

Today the old railroad grade makes a beautiful walk above and alongside the churning South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Set aside as part of the new Robe Canyon Historic Park, the safe, nearly level ledge walk is suitable for small children because there is so little elevation gain and loss, and the ledge is wide."

"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."

"This 7.0-mile hike wanders down former logging roads and railroad grades to the remnants of a limekiln that long ago anchored a railway community. From the trailhead, the route snakes through second-growth Douglas fir onto a logging road and into Robe Valley. The road is still in use and privately owned, but after 0.75 mile through managed forest, you are plunged onto wilder trail.

Although the Lime Kiln Trail is a little light on sprawling vistas and pristine alpine lakes, the Robe Valley lends an air of ruggedness and feels more remote than it is. The trail is somewhat popular, so expect some company year-round."

"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."

Lime Kiln Trail Reviews

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8/18/2018
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9/1/2008
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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5/3/2008
This is a very delightful little hike. The trail is mostly in wooded, well shaded pathways, except for a piece crossing private property for about 3/4mile. As the trail reenters the forest it drops steadily down to a wide, flat ledge that parallels the river. It is a beautiful, easy walk, and only a little muddy in a few places. Lunch on the rocks at the river at the trail's end was very delightful. Great time, highly recommended.
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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.
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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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4/22/2007
I really enjoyed this trail. It got my heart rate up and there were some small waterfalls we passed by on the trail. The trail was not very well maintained but everything was easy to climb over or go under and I didn't expect it to be since we were hitting it early in the year. We only ventured off the trail once accidentally. It was easy to find. We went all the way to Heather Lake and it was absolutely gorgeous! There was a lot of snow at the end of the trail and we watched avalanches fall from the mountains surrounding the lake. The reflection of the mountains on the lake was spectacular too. It is one of my favorite trails but I've only been on a few.
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Trail Information

Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park
Nearby City
Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Hwy., Granite Falls, WA 98252; (360) 691-7791; fs.usda.gov/mbs
Local Contacts
USGS Granite Falls; Green Trails Map #109 (Granite Falls)
Local Maps

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Sep 2018