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    Limekiln Trail to the Limekilns

    Big Sur, California

    Limekiln Trail to the Limekilns

    Limekiln Trail to the Limekilns Professional Guide

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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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    Fallbrook, CA
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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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    Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides)
    Dan Brett
    "This short hike makes for an interesting diversion on a road trip up the Big Sur Coast. Tiny Limekiln State Park hosts an excellent beach and some fine second-growth redwood groves, but the real attraction are the four rusting behemoths that give the park its name. Used in the 1880s to convert local limestone to industrial lime, the kilns still serve as a reminder of the lengths to which people went to make a living in this wild land." Read more

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    Distance
    200 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Easy
    Skill Level
    30 minutes
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    Limekiln State Park
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