“An old timber logging route that follows rapids around the bend.”
— Justin S.
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
No pass or permit required, no known closure dates.
While Lime Kiln Trail does not contain sky blue lakes and long-distance vistas, the Robe Valley develops a sense of remoteness, almost like a private trail along the riverbed. The trail contains different varieties of flora and fauna, which is sure to intrigue every passerby. Towards the end of the trail are some stronger rapids which make for great photo ops.
Need to Know
The trail is popular during the summer because of the water features and if the water level is low, there is a perfect area for snacking and relaxing at the trail end.
Generally flat surfaces, occasional rocks and light shrubs may cover the path. Along some points on this trail it would be important to watch your footing as there are drop offs and a slippery log bridge. If you take the river loop and the water is shallow enough there is a nice beach to enjoy lunch and a break.
This trail initially starts off with more fauna and flora but as you continue to venture through the trail, you'll come across the river rapids passing through, giving off a cool breeze while running the path.
Along the way, you can stop and check out the old kilns where limestone was made (actual tool/artifacts are still there!). When you come to the end feel free to hope into the water but be careful of the strong rapids and big rocks.
Flora & Fauna
The run begins in a heavily forested area with a large growth of ferns below. During August, you may find a few ripe blackberries along the trail.
History & Background
In days of old, there was a logging and lime rail line that ran along Old Robe Canyon. The railroad has since been shut down, but you may see remnants of the line as you make your way along this trail.