Hiking the Limekiln Falls Trail is like a walk through another world. It is dark — even on a cloudless day — and verdant green. The trail dives deep into the steepest coastal canyon in California, reaching an impressive 100 foot split waterfall. This is an easy hike, and worth a stop to stretch your legs and marvel at the towering redwoods as you make your way up the Big Sur coast.
From the parking lot, we followed the path past the campsites and alongside Limekiln Creek.
You are immediately struck by how dark the trail seems, even on a bright and sunny day. The steep canyon walls are lined with towering redwoods that soar impossibly high.
Just beyond the campsites, the trail crosses Hare Creek on a wooden bridge, the cuts north to follow Limekiln Creek.
At about 0.25 miles in you reach a junction with the Kiln Trail. Bear right to the Falls Trail.
You’ll criss-cross the creek several times on small wooden bridges until you finally hear the falls.
The trail turns around at this point — so take some time to enjoy the falls.
The Limekiln Falls Trail is short but very photogenic. It’s a great place for kids to enjoy while you stretch your legs and relax.
Limekiln Falls Trail Map
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Limekiln Falls Tips
- Take your time. This hike really is a “walk in the woods.” Enjoy the sounds, the sights and the scents.
- Take photos. Limekiln Falls and the creeks are extremely photogenic.
- Take your kids (or just remember what it was like to be one). Creek crossings, waterfalls, and giant trees? Yes please!
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Limekiln Falls State Park Weather Forecast
Tuesday 03/26 90%
Cloudy with rain. Lows overnight in the low 50s.
Wednesday 03/27 80%
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 58F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Thursday 03/28 20%
A few clouds from time to time. High 59F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 03/29 10%
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 63F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.