Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Limekiln Creek
on the Big Sur coast California

Limekiln Creek plunges directly down from 5158 foot (1572 meter) Cone Peak to the ocean in just three miles (5 km) - you can stand on the Highway One bridge and look up at the peak. Though the summits have a Sierra-like forest the canyon is lush with redwoods.

In the nineteenth century limestone was quarried from the steep canyon walls and burned into quicklime for use in cement. The old steel limekilns are about all that remains.

There was a notorious hippie camp here in the 1960's. The private holdings were acquired for public use and became a park between 1984 and 1995.


On the Limekiln Creek Bridge, Cone Peak rising a mile above

(January 9, 2006)

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