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Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Possibly the best hiking trail in PS

The other reviews confirm that the trail is uphill but not terribly difficult. Pack a snack and enjoy the view from the top. Early morning is best as this trail can get hot even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Namaste4U
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Balboa Island, California

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Balboa Island, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The other reviews confirm that the trail is uphill but not terribly difficult. Pack a snack and enjoy the view from the top. Early morning is best as this trail can get hot even in winter. Be aware of the temperature if traveling with dogs or children. Remember, they are closer to the ground than you are. Bring water for... More 

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Fort Macleod, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A steady climb all the way to the top but not overly difficult. Grea views reward you at the top. Took us about 3hours you will need two cars so you don't have to walk all the way back. We left on s the end of Ramon road and started on palm canyon drive just before Indian canyon . You... More 

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Thank mjcv
San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take your dog and your kids...this is a good trail which I especially like in the morning for better Views of the valley. This Time of year it is warmer in the afternoon, too hot in summer in the afternoon. In season it is good all day long but looking into the sun most of the time .

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Thank Kinnoo
Smith River
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice uphill trail with great views at the top. Extremely busy on the weekends. Early morning weekdays are best. Should take lots of water and wear good hiking boots, many rocky areas. There are usual lots of dogs also, but generally well behaved. Easy trail to follow, up steep in places. Great first hike for new comers to Palm... More 

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Thank ddwildbird
Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did this hike solo in the morning and enjoyed every minute of it. Just the right amount of cardio and beautiful surroundings, weather so different from the winter climate I'm usually inhabiting. I highly recommend this gem for a great hike very close to downtown Palm Springs.

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Thank Laurie S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well used trail at both ends. There are picnic tables at the top at both ends. The total trail is about 4.25 miles. Between the picnic tables the trail is not as busy. Etiquette says that the uphill hiker has the right of way, if you are going downhill please be courteous and step aside. The uphill... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While visiting the Palm Springs area recently, we hiked the South Lykken Trail & found it quite enjoyable. The trails are fairly easy, the landscapes are rocky & interesting, and the views are great! It's moderately challenging in places, but we saw lots of seniors & families with kids hiking this trail. Unlike the Indian Canyons trails (such as the... More 

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Thank Evan B
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a good hike if its not too hot out. From the parking area it climbs quickly up above the valley before reaching a traverse over to an area directly above the center of town (the museum and Hyatt). You can continue up or take a fairly steep but walkable descent to the Museum. The trail is well maintained... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

The South Lykken Trail is a good hike with fairly good elevation raise as you start off. I enjoy walking towards the North Lykken Trail head where there are picnic tables, have a bit of a rest and then return back along the trail. Always take plenty of water and sunscreen!

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2 Thank jsimmill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

It starts out as a continual climb and switchback. We met a couple if women exactly where we met them last year. It was very hot and we turned back after about 40 minutes because we started out at noon. We've done it before in cooler temps and gone the entire way. Great views but one lizard ... No other... More 

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