Limekiln Trail to the limekilns

Big Sur, California

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Limekiln State Park is named after the on-site stone and steel kilns used to purify quarried limestone into powdered lime in the 1 880s. The lime was used as an ingredient in cement. The Limekiln Trail leads to four of the massive kilns. The trail follows the old wagon route used to haul barrels of lime slacked from the furnaces. The hike follows Limekiln Creek and the West Fork up the canyon through dense groves of redwoods, sycamores, oaks, and maples to the giant lime kilns.

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"Limekiln State Park is named after the on-site stone and steel kilns used to purify quarried limestone into powdered lime in the 1 880s. The lime was used as an ingredient in cement. The Limekiln Trail leads to four of the massive kilns. The trail follows the old wagon route used to haul barrels of lime slacked from the furnaces. The hike follows Limekiln Creek and the West Fork up the canyon through dense groves of redwoods, sycamores, oaks, and maples to the giant lime kilns."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Sur
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Local Contacts: Limekiln State Park
Local Maps: USGS: Lopez Point

Limekiln Trail to the limekilns Reviews

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7/19/2009
This is a lovely wooded trail right off of Highway 1. It's uphill at first but after about 1/2 mile it's an easy, flat stroll through the woods above the creek. There aren't many views until you get all of the way out to the road but the secluded feel to the walk is nice. At about mile 2, you cross the creek through a nice backpacking camp, which would be a great spot for an overnight and a good first backpack trip with kids. There are two major drawbacks to the trail: Lots of gnats flying around your head and poison oak leaning out into the trail waiting to brush your legs and arms. I recommend long pants!
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