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South Lykken Trail

Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #17 of 59 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Owner description: The creosote bush is one of the interesting desert plants to find as you explore this part of the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
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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San Jose, CA
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122 reviews 122 reviews
14 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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Palm Springs, California
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137 reviews 137 reviews
19 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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101 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 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 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
55 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Chicago
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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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88 helpful votes 88 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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