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Limekiln Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 192 reviews
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Limekiln Creek Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lucia, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

fee

no dogs

This is a very scenic short trail system suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit. The trail requires scrambling over and under logs in a few places and crosses a steam multiple times with makeshift log and stone crossing points. During the summer it is fairly easy to do this hike without getting your feet wet. The trail is through second growth redwood forest and is shaded and very cool the entire time. The waterfall is worth seeing, and the abandoned lime kiln is cool. Trailhead is at the far end of camping area, walk past everyone, there are a small number of day use parking spaces for $10 fee. If it’s full there is parking on side of road above. At the opposite end of camping area there is a small sand beach and rocky area where the creek empties into the ocean. Cross a wooden bridge and walk under the bridge. That is also super cool and worth a visit. The water is freezing but nice to splash around. Bring a bathing suit and water shoes.

hiking
2 days ago

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!

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
bridge out
off trail
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

SO glad we did this short hike! Entire trip is along the creek. Waterfall was large and great (lots of water flowing as of mid-April). It does require crossing the creek about 5 times on stick bridges so a little bit of a balancing act. Otherwise, very easy hike. After that, we followed the creek down to where it flows into the ocean, which is just a short walk and totally worth it! Great photo opportunities on both sections.

hiking
6 months ago

This one of my favorites, absolutely amazing creekside hike, a few obstacles but nothing horrendous. A Lille crowded on the weekends but well worth the effort.

Had to wade through water at a few points because of all the rain, loved it and the double waterfall at the end

camping
bugs
7 months ago

Great place camped on Tuesday not crowded at all. The camp hosts were very cool. Love this place great hiking. Watch out for ticks

10 months ago

Wonderful hike

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Loved this easy trail with fun river crossings! I used poles while crossing the rivers and it was a huge help!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Since my kids were small we come here at least once a year and anytime we are coming through the area. This is a great hike for small kids. It is easy short but offer rock hopping and enough scrambling to make it fun. Climb to the top of the falls if you can!

Monday, September 10, 2018

More easy than moderate. Absolutely beautiful and very shady.

hiking
Sunday, July 29, 2018

This is a very scenic short trail system suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit. The trail requires scrambling over and under logs in a few places and crosses a steam multiple times with makeshift log and stone crossing points. We went at end of July and water was low enough that you could cross without getting feet wet. The trail is through second growth redwood forest and is shaded and very cool the entire time. Great for a break on a hot day. The waterfall is worth seeing, though not spectacular. The abandoned lime kiln is cool. Our three children 12, 14, and 22 enjoyed it and our eldest did a ton of off trail scrambling on the rocks and fallen logs. Trailhead is at the far end of camping area, walk past everyone, there are a small number of day use parking spaces for $10 fee. If it’s full there is parking on side of road above. At the opposite end of camping area there is a small sand beach and rocky area where the creek empties into the ocean. Cross a wooden bridge and walk under the bridge. That is also super cool and worth a visit. The water is freezing but nice to splash around. Bring trunks and water shoes.

hiking
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Great hike. The redwoods are breathtaking! It’s very shaded, perfect in the summer heat. Go to the 100 foot waterfall, you have to cross the creek a few times but that’s the fun part. Then go check out the Kilns, they’re really interesting and make for beautiful photos. Be careful, there is poison oak everywhere. Also, There’s NO (zero) cell service anywhere in Big Sur.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

lots of climbing over branches and stream crossings. Absolutely gorgeous. my favorite things: redwoods, running water and fog

camping
Monday, July 09, 2018

Things that made this a great trip: 1. No cell service without a 30 minute drive (read boss can’t call you) 2. We had a campsite at the beach, with the sounds of both the ocean and a fast flowing creek to sooth us to sleep. 3. It’s near enough to Monterey to get good seafood if you’re willing to drive 90 minutes 4. Lots of scenic lookouts of the beautiful Big Sur coastline 5. You can go from the beach to the California Redwoods within minutes by foot. 6. Not “touristy” unless you head to Monterey, etc... 7. Did I mention no cell service for ANY provider? This was our first visit, but not our last. My wife has added it to our regular vacation rotation.

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

Very cool trail, did this several years ago with another family of 4, so we had 4 adults and 4 kids under the age of 7 with the youngest being 3. At the water crossings we had to play pass the baby but it was definitely worth it. The kids and adults alike enjoyed the kilns and the history behind them! Would definitely recommend this trail!

Friday, June 29, 2018

If this trail had a little more upkeep, it would be amazing. A hike to a narrow and high waterfall or a hike to some old large kilns (or b both) are totally worth the risk of an errant piece of rebar or a collapsed trail. Beautiful views of large redwoods and exposed root systems make this dappled light park a must see.

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