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."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides).
"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, Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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