Limekiln Falls

Big Sur, California 93920

Limekiln Falls

Limekiln Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Leave the thunder of the Pacific surf behind on an easy trail that leads into the steep coastal canyon hosting Limekiln Falls."

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"Limestone Creek forms on the steep cliffs of Cone Peak and quickly drains into the ocean. En route, Limekiln Falls cascades 1 00 feet off a mossy, vertical limestone wall, fanning out more than 25 feet. This trail weaves through a stunning redwood forest at the southern end of the coastal redwood range in Limekiln State Park. The trail follows the cascading watercourse of Limekiln Creek to the base of the majestic cataract in a narrow box canyon."

"Limekiln State Park is the hidden treasure of the Big Sur region. Many people drive past the park without ever noticing it on their way to the more famous and popular parks farther north. From the highway, it hardly seems more than a stop along the road. Nothing could be further from the truth. The park is a secluded haven of redwoods, tumbling creeks, and historic structures; it even has a beach, though not a very picturesque one. The park has thirty-three campsites available year-round."

"This hike meanders along Limekiln Creek’s West Fork amid dense redwood groves, once home to a vigorous lumber and lime manufacturing industry. Early settlers used harvested trees to fuel kilns that purified, or “slaked,” limestone extracted from rich deposits in the canyon. The lime was then loaded in barrels and hauled to Rockland Landing, near Limekiln Beach. Schooners transported the lime to Monterey and San Francisco, where it was used to make cement. Schooners also brought in heavy goods and supplies to sustain the growing population."

"This hike traverses the steepest coastal canyon in the Lower 48, where Limekiln Creek’s headwaters pour down from Cone Peak, nearly a mile above sea level and just 3.2 miles from the Pacific. The short, easy trail leads to the base of the falls."

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Trail Information

Big Sur
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5-4 hours
Limekiln State Park, 63025 CA 1, Big Sur, CA 93920; (805) 434-1996;
Local Contacts
USGS Lopez Point CA; park map available at the entrance station and online
Local Maps