Limekiln Trail

Big Sur, California

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Sur
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Limekiln State Park

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