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South Lykken Trail

El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #15 of 60 Activities in Palm Springs
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sports
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, Sports
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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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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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35 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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136 reviews 136 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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99 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 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
74 helpful votes 74 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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40 helpful votes 40 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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225 reviews 225 reviews
75 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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