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South Lykken Trail

El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #23 of 64 attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
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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Ottawa, Canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
48 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Alaska
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14 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

The South Lykken Trail is an interesting trail with great views of the valley all the way to the top. It took us about an hour to get to the picnic tables and about 40 mins to come back down. Park on the street and walk to the trailhead as you have to pay to park at the visitor center.... More

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Metro Vancouver
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Hired a tour guide at the Lykken Center - a good decision since he was an authored biologist who explained the life of the native Indians who had lived in the valley and depended upon their knowledge of plants and trees for their food supply. Such a relief from the heat of PS to walk up the canyon, admire the... More

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St. George, Utah
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This trail is a fun hike, however if you are not smart it can be a problem. First of all, if it is hot out think twice about hiking. If you start at sun up you will probably be OK, but if you don't plan your hike properly you won't be able to carry enough water. Every year Search and... More

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Burbank, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Terrific morning hike to stay in shape while on vacation!! I got some beautiful pictures of the valley below and all of the rock formations on the mountain.

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Palm Springs, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a great hike. You enter from Mesquite and hike across to the condo's on South Palm Canyon drives. I do this hike in the AM and love to watch the sun come up.

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