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Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Great hike with amazing views

This is a great hike to get an overall view of the greater Palm Springs area. The first 30 minutes are relatively steep uphill climb but then the hike tappers off over the next 4... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great hike to get an overall view of the greater Palm Springs area. The first 30 minutes are relatively steep uphill climb but then the hike tappers off over the next 4 miles. There are picnic tables at a few different viewpoints where you can enjoy the views. The trail is well maintained and popular. Parking is... More 

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HB, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The South Lykken Trail is an excellent medium challenge hike. It's a half loop and the best starting point is the Ramon Rd trailhead as the switchbacks are much more forgiving on that end of the trail. you also have the opportunity to stroll through downtown to return to where you parked after you finish the hike

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful views and we discovered by accident looking for Araby Trail. We came down the Lykken trail but went up just behind the museum. We were not prepared to do the 10 mile hike and go down by tram but will do next week we loved the views an the great workout going up. Well maintained, spectacular views, and several... More 

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Thank Virginia C
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We started this trail from the mesquite Av end. We hiked to the picnic tables at the top then walked back the same way down. It's a steep walk for the first 5 mins then does ease up a bit then it gets quite steep before you hit the top. I wouldn't say it was easy but would say its... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We love this hike because we can bring our dogs with us! This is a fairly easy hike, but we are experienced hikers. For those who are familiar with other trails in the area, this is a little shorter and easier than the Bump n Grind. When you get to the top there are two picnic tables where you can... More 

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London, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I've done this hike twice now, both times from the trailhead at the south end. The first 30 minutes are strenuous, with quite an altitude change. Once you reach the top, though, it's a very moderate. It takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. We left the car at the trail head and then used Uber to get back to the... More 

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Portland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

While on vacation, I'm always looking for a good hike that introduces me to the local environment, and gives me a good workout at the same time. This trail met my requirements tenfold. It was an easy walk from the hotel we were staying at, making this an convenient choice. After a night of imbibing, I was eager to clear... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

A moderate hike - it climbs steadily but not too steeply due to many switchbacks. A good path, can't get lost, great views of the valley. No shade so go in the morning. Well used so not too isolated.

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

It was very hot when we hiked. We took plenty of water, sun screen and hats. We hiked slowly and rested often. Some of it is steep and rocky but the views were fantastic. Awe made it to the top and had a rest and snack at the picnic tables.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

You need 2 vehicles to do this unless you do an out and return, however it is woth the views of the city and surroundings. Start in the South and a gradual climb up to some picknick tables and then fairly flat until the next set of picknick tables at Taquitx canyon before the descent.

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