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Lime Kiln Trailhead
Roundtrip distance: 7.0 miles
The Lime Kiln Trail is actually the southern half of the Robe Canyon Trail. A railroad once ran along this canyon but the bridge, which spanned the river, is no more. Ergo, hikers are unable to travel the distance in one go. Like the other side of the canyon, the trail begins level then descends about 600 feet where it follows the river. The trail ends where the bridge joining the two sides once stood.
The trail is heavily forested and the canyon narrow so expect to hike in cooler temperatures. A series of trail signs, mile markers and trail names are installed. Along the way you may spot artifacts that remain from more than 80 years ago—when there were trains (and bridges) and communities, and lime produced in the area. A lime kiln still remains as a major landmark, which can be seen from the trail. We respectfully request that visitors leave these remnants intact for others that follow to enjoy.
The trail was completed in 2007 by a group of volunteers living in and around Granite Falls and led by Steve Dean. Park staff and this group of volunteers scouted out new trails to circumvent some of the washout sections. Majority of the “abandoned” railroad is retained. The Park Department later installed a trail head.
Be advised the parking lot is often full on summer weekends. Parking is not permitted along the roadside, at any time, and is subject to towing at owner's expense.