“From the Redwoods to the Sea” aptly describes the unique topography of Limekiln State Park. This gem of a park 52 miles south of Carmel adjoins the Ventana Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest. On the legendary Big Sur coastline where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific, the 716-acre park offers peaceful solitude, a breathtaking waterfall, and seascapes of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Watch wildlife from the beach or along fern-lined trails and picnic among the redwoods. Deep within their forest sanctuary along the west fork of Limekiln Creek tower the four enormous kilns from which the creek takes its name. The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 24 campsites. The summer climate at this sparsely populated segment of the central coast is typically mild. Morning fog in the summer usually burns off before midday. Temperatures vary from about 50 to 75 degrees. Other seasons can vary from one extreme to another on the same day, so dressing in layers is recommended. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. The park is open from 8am to sunset.

We did this hike last May. The switchbacks going up are a little rugged, but the views really are worth it. I saw some quail on the way up, and there were beautiful wildflowers all over. Definitely need to bring some water, most of the trail is out in the open. There are some cool car camping spots on the way up too, with their own awesome views.

My favorite short hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

I love this trail so much, and would like to go back in a couple of weeks. Does anyone know if you can currently park your car next to the trailhead off HWY 1?

Pretty great hike, go as far as you want! Sun exposed so bring lots of h2o

Easy, touristy, pretty heavily trafficked even with the closures on the 1. Would be great for kids.

This one is easy. Good hike for a family.

Not sure why this is tagged as moderate, I saw pretty small children that managed just fine. What makes this hike so interesting is the history behind the limekilns that really brings the area to life. This is by a campground though so you have to walk through to get to the trailhead.

Pretty easy and VERY pretty. went in the winter so there weren't too many hikers, it was quiet and pleasant. the stream was lovely and the trees abundant and the kilns at the end are really very cool!!

backpacking
4 months ago

ALL TRAILS EAST OF HWY 1 ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE 2016 WILDFIRE! $5000 FINES LEVIED AGAINST ANYONE TRESPASSING ON THE TRAILS!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I have hiked hundreds of trails. This is one of the best. The views along the way are amazing: from the waves in the Pacific to the snows near the top and anything in between.

A wonderful afternoon out with the family.
Trail traverses the creek up to the falls; constant flow from a spring.
BRING CASH! No ATM's!
Bring your camera!