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Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Description: The creosote bush is one of the interesting desert plants to find as you...
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This trail is easy to follow except where it meets up with the Museum Trail. I got lost and had to cross country to the picnic tables. I didn't have a map and the map at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Volcano, California
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Volcano, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This trail is easy to follow except where it meets up with the Museum Trail. I got lost and had to cross country to the picnic tables. I didn't have a map and the map at the trail head is unreadable. Good initial climb and then it's moderate the rest of the way.

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Little Silver, New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Was very clear path, nice and strenuous. Took 6 children ranging from 10-16 and they all really enjoyed. Bring lots of water and sunblock. Not a cloud in the sky in Palm Springs!

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Can be accessed from several locations. Tough downward climb from the south end. Easy hiking after you are up there. Also accessible to a lot more hiking.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I love the picnic tables at the top, and the wonderful view! Its an easy and peaceful hike. For you brave folk, there is a short cut to the tables if you are willing to walk through some private property off of S. Palm Canyon a little south of La Verne way, I forgot the exact name of the street... More 

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A nice hike with great views that runs parallel to downtown Palm Springs. The South end is the more difficult starting point so it's nice to get it over with first - the trail basically climbs straight up. There is almost no shade so make sure you have lots of water with you. If you are walking the trail end-to-end... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a "strenuous" trail which is quite challenging. Go early in the day and take plenty of water. We were rewarded for all our hard work by some great views of the valley. Really energetic climb, and it is all elevation with very few flat spots. You have to pay very close attention to the "White Dots" painted on... More 

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State College, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Really gives a great view of Palm Springs. Go early to beat the heat, take water. Pretty steep climb.

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Kamloops
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Great trail. Took me 1 hr 19 join to run it. Rough, a steep climb at start from Museum, and easy to get off trail (look for the white painted dots). Well worth it. I needed water the first day, but not the second. Depends on weather. Most people hike it

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Saskatoon, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

About 45 minutes to a scenic overlook picnic area on top. Another hour would take you to the end of the trail but you would want to,leave a vehicle there or arrange to get picked up to get back home.

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Heerhugowaard
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124 reviews 124 reviews
40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The South Lykken Trail is my favorite trail in Palm Springs. That is because it is one way up, one way down. We usually start at the trailhead off Mesquite. You climb up via steep switchbacks but there are also a couple of longer stretches without any climbing. Once you reach the picknick tables, basically the rest is downhill. Do... More 

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