Located east of Granite Falls,
Washington, just off the Mountain
Loop Scenic Byway, Robe Canyon Historic Park blends a rich history of the mining
and railroading era with the natural beauty of the South Fork of the
Stillaguamish River thundering through narrow Robe Canyon.
Since 1995 when Snohomish County
acquired the first phase of Robe Canyon, volunteers have maintained the Old
Robe Trail. In 2002, volunteers continued the tradition, led by Volunteers
for Outdoor Washington, performing annual maintenance, installing
log-railings, and relocating a section of trail lost to the river's winter
rampages. Yet, the major volunteer effort was reserved for construction of
the new Lime Kiln Trail at the west end of the park. Continuing the
work started in 1998, over 90 volunteers invested 262 volunteer work days last
year. Finally, in the late fall, trail workers reached a significant
milestone: the site of the historic railway bridge spanning the South Fork of
the Stillaguamish River across from Tunnel #1.