We've been thoroughly enjoying the snow here in the PNW this winter, but let's be honest... we're ready for spring!
Today we headed about 1.5hrs south down into Granite Falls to hike the Lime Kiln Trail. It's not a particularly difficult hike at around 7mi and less than a thousand feet of elevation gain, but it's relatively low in elevation, and the recent trip reports showed we'd be free of snow so we were in!
This is a very moderate trail built on an old railroad bed. It's generally wide with only a couple narrow sections and nothing I would consider sketchy at all. It winds in and out of the woods along the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. The highlight of the hike is the old lime kiln that still stands. They used to cook the limestone to make lime, and then ship it off to Everett for smelting. It's really neat old structure with tons of character. From there we headed a bit farther up the trail and finally down to the river for the last stop of the trail. Overall it was a great day, and while our lazy winter legs were definitely tired at the end of the day it felt great to out in the beautiful PNW again!