Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Limekiln State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
18 days ago

Wanted to get a challenge for a hike and this will definitely give you one. No parking lot. The gate at the entrance should’ve been a sign to keep out. The first mile was in dry tall bushes so wear long sleeves and pants to avoid any scratches on your skin. Then there’s a mile of poison oak. After the first mile, you get to shaded trees and a nice little dam, but don’t get fooled, that only lasts about 10 mins. Then you start your ascend up the mountain. It was a very hot day so the sun was beaming on us. It was a straight vertical climb. We only lasted about half a mile and decided to turn back around because we were afraid of the trek down. With about 4 falls on the descend. One person decided to continue the hike and he unfortunately faced a mountain lion and two tarantulas. Good luck on this hike! For perspective, our average hike is 3k elevation with 8-10 miles.

Beautiful waterfall!

Beautiful! You cross a creek a few times so I recommend hiking sandals or something waterproof. Not super well marked but we found our way and climbed up to the pool right under the waterfall. Very nice!

always an amazing trip. the air is so clean. love the smell of the trees.

Great hike through the redwoods! waterfall trail is a bit tricky but fun. waterfall trail is easy to miss so keep an eye out for it.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Some challenging stream crossings. Trekking poles helped immensely. Beautiful reward at the end.

Beautiful! Fun trail to the kilns and a few minor creek crossings to the waterfall. It is doable kerping your shoes dry but would be more fun with wster shoes! Lovely foilage.

One of my favorite hikes!! So pretty and green, have to cross the creek a few times so it was nice to have waterproof shoes on. This was my first hike in Big Sur and I still think about it. Lots of fun, fairly easy and the waterfall at the end is pretty. There’s some rocks at the end that we climbed up without issue and were able to sit/hang out for a little while before heading back.

what a beautiful, easy, stroll through the woods.

backpacking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Fantastic views from the top, but this trail was a challenge! Steep in most parts. You hike up a mountain ridge on loose gravel with no shade. Some parts require scrambling. Camped at trail spring camp. There was water available (August 2019). Great camp spot in the shade. I recommend, but be ready to push your limits!

Bring water shoes! This trail is easy enough to do in Tevas or five fingers and it makes it so much more fun to because to trek though the creek and walk up to the waterfall.

Excellent hiking. Ideally walking shoes. Many streams to cross on tree trunks

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail alongside a crystal clear creek with tons of falls and beautiful redwoods! The trail splits halfway out. the trail out to the old kilns was easy enough for our 4 yr old. The trail out to the falls is lil more strenuous with a few river crossings on logs. Bring shoes that can get wet particularly in the wet season. The trail is in the state park so there is a $10 entry fee, but it's certainly worth every penny.

We drove 1 hour and 30 minutes from Carmel to do this hike. It was everything I expected. It is exactly 1.69 miles up and back when you include the hike to the waterfall and to check out the kilns.

This is by far one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked. It requires crossing a number of “bridges” across the river. The bridges are just logs laid across the river, but they’re pretty easy to traverse if you’re in good shape. You can also walk through the river and skip the logs if you don’t mind getting your feet wet. My 80-year old mom made it to the waterfall, so it isn’t too bad. We were nothing short of amazed by the beauty of this hike and the trail ends at a beautiful waterfall. You don’t want to miss this one if you’re in the area!

Nice short little hikes in the back of the campground we deafly come back and stay there

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views, but beware that this more direct route is not maintained after the fork. It becomes pretty steep and loose, but still doable. I decided to continue on to cone peak and then do the loop back down in order to avoid descending it. Also, probably best to wear pants if you’d like to avoid all the poison oak in the first couple miles. Otherwise totally worth it!

bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

very steep, but a super fun hike!

Absolutely one of the nicest trails I’ve ever done. When we went (March 2018), we really had to use rocks, tree limbs and mostly our balance to cross the river many times. It was absolutely awesome. The breathtaking views of the fall at the end are all worth it. Make sure to climb up to the fall too as there’s a little natural pool at the bottom of the left fall. Recommend this to everyone, my wife is not a hiker and she absolutely loved this and finally understood what I like about hiking.

One of the most beautiful trails you will find in California. Normally I/ we look for the most difficult trails lol. This time around we were looking for beautiful beaches, rocky cliffs, waterfalls and creeks (If it was going to be hard we are always ready). This park has family friendly trails. BUT some of the most BEAUTIFUL scenery you ever seen. You will have to balance yourself 4-5 times over the creek as you will cross logs and rocks to get find the other side of the trail (not hard). If it’s a hot day or just want to rest in the sand. This is a perfect park as it’s mainly covered. Before you leave; hit the beach, you will find a nice cove where the creek empty’s into the ocean and the sunsets behind the rocky cliffs. A perfect place for a picnic or to get down on one knee and ask for your woman’s hand.

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