Robe Canyon Trail

Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park, Washington

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain1,385ft
Trailhead Elevation1,073ft
Top1,073ft
Elevation Min/Max715/1073ft
Elevation Start/End1073/1073ft

Robe Canyon Trail

Robe Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is within Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 1,073 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,385 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there is a cave entrance.

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Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"Part of the Lime Kiln Trail follows the old Everett–Monte Cristo Railroad (built 1892–93 and abandoned 1933), which was used to haul timber from the forests upstream, copper ore from the Wayside Mine, and silver and gold from the town of Monte Cristo. In 1936 the tracks were pulled up and sold to companies in Japan for scrap. At trail’s end you wind up at a rock- and- mortar lime kiln. It was built circa 1900 to provide anhydrous lime, from a nearby limestone quarry, which was used as a whitening agent at the Lowell paper mill. The lime was also used as a flux agent, helping in the process of melting ore for smelters in Everett." Read more
"Part of the Lime Kiln Trail follows the old Everett–Monte Cristo Railroad (built 1892–93 and abandoned 1933), which was used to haul timber from the forests upstream, copper ore from the Wayside Mine, and silver and gold from the town of Monte Cristo. In 1936 the tracks were pulled up and sold to companies in Japan for scrap. At trail’s end you wind up at a rock-and-mortar limekiln. It was built circa 1900 to provide anhydrous lime from a nearby limestone quarry, which was used as a whitening agent at the Lowell paper mill." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"This short trail, framed by moss-covered trees leaning over a spectacular river gorge, will appeal to all lovers of beauty, history, and adventure, and will fill any child with delight and wonder. It follows the railroad bed of the ore train that ran from Monte Cristo to Everett a hundred years ago. Washouts and slides have changed the surface, but occasional reminders of the train route remain. Although the trail is relatively easy, in a few places above the river slides have narrowed the railroad bed to only inches. Children should be watched carefully." Read more
Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"Back in the day, some men with a lot of money believed they could thumb their noses at nature and build a railroad through Robe Canyon. They called it the Monte Cristo Railroad, after the upriver gold- mining town. There was a town here as well and they called it Robe, after one of the area’s early settlers. After a few years of seeing their investment get washed away by the South Fork Stillaguamish River or covered with rock and fallen trees due to landslides, the money men gave up. Over a hundred years after the fact, these men’s folly has given hikers and wildflower lovers access to a wonderful canyon with vertical rock walls and hanging gardens. Many parts of the trail are narrow or washed away, so care is warranted." Read more
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Peter Stekel
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"Hanging gardens above the trail are great places to look for wildflowers. Adventurous hikers will delight in passing through three defunct railroad tunnels. Many parts of the trail have either washed away or been carried o by slides, so one false step could send you careening down into life-threatening whitewater. It’s worthwhile to make a detour to the Lime Kiln Trail on the other side of the river to read the complete history of the Monte Cristo Railroad and its construction through Robe Canyon." Read more
"The Lime Kiln Trail provides hiker access to a portion of the historic Everett–Monte Christo Railroad. Built in 1892–93, it was abandoned in 1933. The rock-and-mortar limekiln was built in 1900 and produced anhydrous lime, used as a whitening agent at the Lowell paper mill and as a flux agent at the smelter in Everett. Like many towns west of the Cascades, Granite Falls was once much larger than it is today, servicing smaller towns like Robe, along the banks of the South Fork Stillaguamish River. In the boom days of mining, logging, and the railroads, Granite Falls was an economic engine. Transportation, construction, and service industry jobs are the main employers today." Read more

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4/10/2010
Great first hike of the year. Trail was in great shape until the washout after the 2 tunnel. The wife and I were just doing a quick morning hike so we ended there and turned back and were home by noon. Saw one other person on the way out.
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2/28/2010
We did this hike with two teenagers and a three year old. The hike itself was very easy, save for a few washouts along the way that made it difficult to navigate with a younger child. The hike was very intertaining, especially for the little one, she was very excited about the tunnels she got to walk through. This is a very popular trail and starting earlier in the day makes for a less crowded hike.
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4/6/2009
The trail was a nice and easy hike down to the river. However the trail is not complete as after 1.2 miles in the trail is blocked by rock slides. But up to that point it is a great and easy hike.
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Trail Information

Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park
Nearby City
Robe Canyon Historic Trail Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Wildflowers
Features
Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation; (425) 388-6600; www.snohomishcountywa.gov/200/ParksRecreation
Local Contacts
USGS Granite Falls; Green Trails #109: Granite Falls; USDAFS Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest; DeLorme: Washington Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 57 E-7
Local Maps

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Dec 2018