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South Lykken Trail

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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...
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Kamloops
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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
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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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121 reviews 121 reviews
38 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife, I and our dog hiked part of it from the east end one day and then to the peak and back from the east end a couple of days later. There is lots of vertical and the weather was good, sunny and not hot. But we did the trip later in the day with the sun beginning to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

There are two unpaved trails taking off from the trailhead. The one on the right goes up the mountain, and we have hiked it several times, but this week we took the one to the left for the first time. It's a very pleasant hike to the base of the mountains, with enough elevation for a good view, but no... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Great trail in south P.S. First part of hike is steep, but beautiful when you get to the top and see all of Palm Springs. Places to park off of Bogart Trail. Make sure you take water...

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This one starts with quite a climb, but you won't be disappointed. The views are well worth the effort. The trail is a little rocky in places, but we saw hikers of all ages on this trail who were doing just fine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

good workout if you start at Mesquite. Picnic tables at the top make for a great rest area. You can either go back down or continue on the trail to the next picnic area and then down. You will have to walk back a ways to your car or if you are going with a larger group you can park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Highly recommended to run up the peak above Palm Springs and look out. It's maintained by the local hiking club very well. Nearby, the Agua Caliente, not satisfied, apparently, with their Sin Earnings out on the highway wishes to lift $12 from you to walk up into Tahquiz canyon on their lands. I find this pretty ridiculous though perhaps it's... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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