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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Lost Limekiln

A lot of people know about the kilns in Limekiln Gulch, but almost nobody knows about the lost limekiln.   I first heard about it from a passing reference from John Regehr, then noticed it in GoogleEarth while looking for something else.
The lost limekiln sure seemed like a good name for it- there were no major trails to it as far as I could tell, and the few minor trails that went to it were very indistinct and overgrown- definitely my kind of place to check out.  So we set out on a Saturday and went to see what it was all about. 
The aerial photos were accurate- there weren't any trails to speak of that led to the limekiln. We got as close as we could across the grassy hillsides before we picked our way through the final thicket of scrub oak to the kiln.  It's smaller than the one in Limekiln Gulch, and in worse shape, but almost more impressive because it hasn't been restored and is slowly crumbling with the passing years. 
As I looked around, I was left wondering who the last visitor here was.  The grass and vegetation is still high and untrampled.  We went inside the ovens and looked over the brickwork, out the chimneys, and at the details and features of the old structure. 
Tracking down and visiting the lost limekiln was definitely worthwhile.   I love finding obscure ruins and points of interest.  This one definitely left a smile on my face.
Nearest City: Salt Lake City, UT
Location: N° W°
Time Needed: 90 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate- routefinding and steep hillsides
Kid Friendly: Yes for some. No for most.
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