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South Lykken Trail

El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #25 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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La Canada, California
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429 reviews 429 reviews
98 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 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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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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99 reviews 99 reviews
48 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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53 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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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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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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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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