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South Lykken Trail

El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #24 of 65 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sports
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
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Owner description: The creosote bush is one of the interesting desert plants to find as you explore this part of the California desert.

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

A fairly strenuous hike, but worth every step. Great panoramic views of Palm Springs. Best to have a car near the end or have someone drop you off and meet you at the end. Mostly a wide trail, well maintained. Lots of people on the trail but not congested. Bring plenty of water and be prepared to take photos. Great... More

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Palm Springs, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
19 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I've hiked this trail many times and if you catch it in spring you will be amazed by the flower show. Everything from beavertail prickly pear to fragrant indigo. You may also see desert bighorn sheep or a large chuckwalla. The entire hike is about 4 miles and is a great way to see all of Palm Springs. You need... More

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La Canada, California
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99 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We took this trail because it's one of the few that allows dogs. We only took it for a mile before turning back. The first few hundred feet are flat and then it rises on an incline that becomes moderately steep. It affords desert views which are nice. We took it early morning in summer...the trail was fairly emplty except... More

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Portland, Oregon
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Great views of the valley, start early, bring water, and enjoy !!! We went as far as the picnic tables and found it an easy hike.

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Ottawa, Canada
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55 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Arrive early in the morning (best time to hike anyway) and find plenty of on-street parking at the trailhead. After a short distance you'll start to climb with many switchbacks (none too strenuous for a 70 year old like myself). You'll be rewarded with a wonderful view of Palm Springs once you arrive on top where you'll also find some... More

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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We found this trail in one of our hiking books and were surprised with how convenient it was. Easy and accessible street parking and a nice gentle uphill climb that affords you great views of the area.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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72 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is another climb with a great view of the Coachella Valley. With all the hiking I have done in Palm Springs I have missed this one. The trail head is at the end of Mesquite Avenue and easy to reach. However there is no parking so I just biked over.The elevation gain allows for a good workout and the... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We parked on the street across from the little RV park and walked west to start the trail. 1.6 miles to the picnic tables with about 1000 feet elevation gain. Nice views at the top.

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Palm Desert, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Trail was good, not marked everywhere, but a nice 2.5 hour upward walk to the top of the hill to view the entire valley. A bit rocky and steep in spots and uphill trekkers should heed the right of way to downhill hikers. Narrow points on trail don't always allow that, but if you plan your steps when lots of... More

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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

The South Lykken Trail is an interesting trail with great views of the valley all the way to the top. It took us about an hour to get to the picnic tables and about 40 mins to come back down. Park on the street and walk to the trailhead as you have to pay to park at the visitor center.... More

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