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Lime Kiln Trail

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Jun 3, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free

Lovely trail, mostly flat, lots of salmon berries (although not as many as before we came through!).  The trail begins in a lovely forest of tall straight trees clothed in moss with moss dripping from their branches.  The understory is full of healthy ferns.  There is nothing I like more than a cool morning walk in a forest with sunlight filtering through the canopy and occasionally lighting up a growth of moss like green fire.

Beyond the forest the trail clambers around ravines, over rocks, through stretches of mud and over and under countless blowdowns.  These blowdowns are easy to navigate for the most part and some are quite decorative.  They certainly would discourage bikers and horse riders. In several places the trail is constrained by robust brush, some with thorns.  In general the trail would benefit from a week's worth of work from a WTA team.

The Lime Kiln is still there and the artifacts have been gathered around in front of it.  At the end of the trail is a little loop and a way to get down to the river.