Kirk Creek to Limekiln Creek via Vicente Flat Trail, Stone Ridge Trail, and Twitchell Elevator

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Kirk Creek to Limekiln Creek via Vicente Flat Trail, Stone Ridge Trail, and Twitchell Elevator is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 12.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,520 feet Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers


over grown

no dogs

This route begins at Kirk Creek Campground and uses the Vicente Flat Trail, Stone Ridge Trail, Twitchell Elevator, and Alvin Trail before ending at Limekiln Campground.

1 month ago

Great trail! Somewhat steep from Kirk Creek to Espinoza and no water sources. No water at Espinoza but there was a very small creek about 1/2 mile past. Lots of places to pitch a tent in Vin. Flat. We got there early enough to get the only picnic table under a giant redwood! Lots of water available! Most everyone that we talked to was taking the loop up and around Cone Peak. We decided to take Stone Ridge to Goat Camp which was 2.5 miles further up the trail past the intersection. Absolutely the most stunning views from the intersection! We stayed at Goat Camp where it got a little crowded and hard to find enough level ground to pitch a tent but we made due. Plenty of water here. We hiked back out the 2.5 miles to the intersection where we went down the really steep Limekiln trail. The elevator was no joke!! Once to the bottom we were rewarded with an amazing redwood grove and a beautiful stream running through it! Another couple miles and we were back on the 1! Walked the road back to Kirk Creek. 20 miles of pure soul finding happiness! No big issues and no poison oak issues (yet). We did it in early January.

no shade
5 months ago

Beautiful views but the black fly gnats were awful! Don’t go without bug gear head net. No water at Vicente but there is just past Espinosa and 1.5 mile past Vincente trail camp. Lime kiln descent very steep.

6 months ago

the second half of this trail is very exposed or overgrown with poison oak in parts and requires a bit of navigating (the trail map is wrong about 3 miles before reaching limekiln). Has some pretty gnarley, steep descents where you can get lost on an exposed hillside with no water. the scenery is pretty awe inspiring and the hike is very enjoyable for the slightly more experienced bunch.

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Sat Sep 02 2017

recorded Limekiln Loop

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Thu Jul 02 2015