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Limekiln State Park
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. It was a notorious hippie camp in the 1960's but acquired for public use and became a park between 1984 and 1995.

Limekiln State Park
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Humpback whales feeding near shore

Humpback whales feeding near shore

As many as twelve humpback whales were feeding here, and three can be seen in this photo. Note also the Pitkins Curve Bridge and Rain Rocks Rockshed to the south, to protect the highway from recurrent rockfalls.

north of Limekiln Creek on the Big Sur coast, California

Date photographed: September 17, 2015
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On the Limekiln Creek Bridge, Cone Peak rising a mile above

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

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

Limekiln State Park, California

Date photographed: January 9, 2006
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Beach at Limekiln Creek

Beach at Limekiln Creek

The small beach at Limekiln Creek, spared highway noise by the high bridge.

Limekiln State Park, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Riparian thicket at Limekiln Creek

Riparian thicket at Limekiln Creek

A dense thicket of riparian vegatation flanks Limekiln Creek from the redwood forest to the beach.

Limekiln State Park, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Redwoods in Limekiln Canyon

Redwoods in Limekiln Canyon

Lush second-growth redwoods, ferns, and oxalis in Limekiln Canyon.

Limekiln State Park, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Steel lime kilns in Limekiln Canyon

Steel lime kilns in Limekiln Canyon

These steel kilns were used to treat limestone beginning in 1887. The resulting quicklime, used in mortar, was exported in wooden barrels.

Limekiln State Park, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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