Hare Creek Trail

Big Sur, California 93920

Hare Creek Trail

Hare Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike begins amid a narrow band of redwoods along Hare Creek. Though you’ll find a few mature old-growth trees, most of the redwoods are relative toddlers. These stands are rebounding from heavy logging in the late 1800s, when Rockland Lime & Lumber harvested dozens of ancient trees to fuel nearby kilns used to purify commercial limestone. Today, the trail leads past quiet, undisturbed groves."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Limekiln State Park is a magnificent 71 6-acre park and campground tucked into a narrow valley on the southern end of Big Sur. Three year-round creeks flow through the park under the shade of towering coastal redwoods with a lush mix of sycamores, oaks, and maples. Hare Canyon Creek is a major tributary stream that feeds Limekiln Creek within the dense forest. This gentle trail begins at the mouth of Limekiln Canyon, then parallels Hare Canyon Creek up the narrow canyon past clusters of redwoods, small waterfalls, and cascades. The trail ends at the park boundary, although it once followed Hare Canyon up to Vicente Flat."

Hare Creek Trail Trip Reports

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Good, well-maintained trail to connect Salmon Creek to Villa Creek. Lot's of poison oak - even more so than the Cruickshank trail. The trail is exposed and hot for much of the way and doesn't cross any substantial creeks or have the pine groves that other Big Sur trails are known for. Also - you can hear highway traffic for much of the way. The trail is just high enough that you are above the fog bank for most of the way, allowing for awesome views above the clouds. Buckeye camp is very spacious and sits in a neat meadow with a fire pit.

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Big Sur
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Limekiln State Park
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