Hare Creek Trail

Limekiln State Park

Big Sur Coastline, California

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Hare Creek Trail


  • Clover (Trifolium) lines the floor along the Hare Creek Trail.- Hare Creek Trail
  • Hare Creek Trail.- Hare Creek Trail
  • Hare Creek flows adjacent to Hare Creek Trail.- Hare Creek Trail
  • Clear pools form as Hare Creek cascades through a peaceful redwood canyon.- Hare Creek Trail
  • Hare Creek Trail.- Hare Creek Trail
  • Hare Creek Trail.- Hare Creek Trail
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Overview + Weather
Crystal-clear pools. Quiet redwood canyon.
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
140.00 ft (42.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
70.00 ft (21.34 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


A short and sweet hike located in Limekiln State Park, the Hare Creek Trail follows the easternmost of three canyons that ascend the flanks of 5,000-foot Lone Peak. Offering a quiet redwood hike along Hare Creek’s cascading pools, this clover-lined trail heads right at the Hare Creek-Limekiln Trail junction and continues through a steep walled canyon until the trail ends at a larger pool. The Hare Creek Trail is easily combined with the Limekiln Trail, Limekiln Falls Trail, or both, for a longer hike.

Access to Hare Creek is from the Limekiln Trailhead, located beyond the park's entrance station at the back of the state park campground. There is day use parking within the park; for a free but less convenient option, park in the pullout on Highway 1 near the top of the entrance road.

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