The Creepiest Hike In Washington Takes You Through The Ruins Of A Lime Kiln

There is something creepy about wandering past the remnants of a community that has been long since abandoned. What is even creepier is when the ruins of that community are now covered in moss and lichen and surrounded by a persistent mist. If this eerie scene sounds appealing to you, you will want to check out the Lime Kiln Trail in Granite Falls, one of the best hiking trails in Washington.

Almost 100 years ago, the Everett and Monte Cristo Railroad passed through this area, which was then known as the community of Cutoff Junction. It was also the site of a former logging railroad spur and where limestone was converted to lime in huge kilns. Ruins of these abandoned trades and communities remain and we think it is actually kinda cool! So head over to the Lime Kiln Trail to check them out!

You can learn more about the Lime Kiln Trail on the Washington Trails Association website, as well as on the Association’s Facebook page to help you plan your visit!

Are you up for checking out this creepy, but beautiful hike? Have you already been along the Lime Kiln Trail? If so, what was your favorite part? We’d love to read about your experience in the comments section below!

For another abandoned site adventure, be sure to read about these 10 discarded sites that nature is reclaiming.

If you’re still in the mood for more Evergreen State adventures, take a look at this video about the Native American History of Snoqualmie Falls:

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Address: Lime Kiln Trailhead, Lime Kiln Trail, Granite Falls, WA 98252, USA
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May 24, 2023

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