The Lime Kiln Trail in Granite Falls, Wa follows the old railroad grade that used to connect communities, industry, and commerce along the river. The railroad was built in 1892 and abandoned by 1934. It’s an almost 7 mile round trip hike. The trail is marked well and has gradual elevation gains and losses throughout. As you hike through the Robe Canyon you will see several stunning view points to look down upon the river and you will also pass through an enchanting cathedral of beautiful moss to get to your destination.
The kiln was built over 100 years ago to heat limestone and make into powder. It’s located about 3 miles into your hike. The stone kiln is all that remain of the structure, but you will find a lot of historical artifacts laying around if you keep your eyes peeled. I saw lots of saw blades and iron bits strewn along the trail on my visit. The kiln itself reminds me of a castle tower the way it was built with stones.
The kiln was strategically located on the Everett-Monte Cristo railroad line. This made it easy to move the finished product out to the mills. Much of the industries along the Monte Cristo rail-line were with the mines and lumber. These were the economic drivers for this community in the late 1800s and on into the early 1900s.
This hike is easily accessible for most of the year, but please do read a trail report before you head out and always be prepared. Be forewarned this is a hike that is typically pretty muddy in spots no matter what time of year it is. You can find Lime Kiln on our adventure map by following this link.