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South Lykken Trail

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Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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The creosote bush is one of the interesting desert plants to find as you...

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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A Great Break from the Poolside on a Cloudy Day

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Keith_Montgomery
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London, England
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London, England
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Thank Thomas6186
Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Thank MJH048
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank Josjonkers
san diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

This is desert hike.BRING WATER, DRINK WATER.we are from desert area nd we shocked to see folks starting out after 9 am carrying only a bottle of water. You need 4 oz for every quarter mile. That being said it was really pretty and lots of color, flowers blooming from the rains this year. Enjoy!

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Thank bonitadi1
Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

I didn't even know about this trail until after we had turned around at the tollbooth to get into the Indian canyons trails. Getting into the Indian trails was very expensive and as we were heading back towards downtown Palm Springs we saw this trailhead where there was no fee charged. We jumped out of the car and headed uphill... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Nice trails going up to the mountain, easy parking, but there was broken glass and leftover construction materials piled along the trail like concrete, tile, etc.

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Thank Suzanne G
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Free day hike in Palm Springs. Start early to avoid the heat. The climb is steep but you are rewarded by great views and many flowering plants this time of year.

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Thank Paul S
Cathedral City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

One of my favorite trails in the PS area. I run/hike it frequently and it is one of the reasons I love this area so much!

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