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South Lykken Trail

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Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Nice solid hike above Palm Springs

Nice moderately strenuous hike up to the ridge above Palm Springs. We happened to see a herd of about 20 mountain goats around dusk so that was very cool. Some of the mountains... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice moderately strenuous hike up to the ridge above Palm Springs. We happened to see a herd of about 20 mountain goats around dusk so that was very cool. Some of the mountains scenes south in Rancho Mirage are better but this was still nice over the large valley around Palm Springs. We started from right near the Tahquitz Visitor... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this hike...great trail, easy to navigate. Steep at the front end, but very manageable. Took about 35 minutes at a brisk pace from the trailhead to the picnic table on the top.

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Los Angeles CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful foothills hike that is accessible to anyone with a couple hours to spare. We enjoy hiking this when we get into town and only have a couple hours of daylight til dusk.

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Renton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrived at Tahquitz canyon trail head entrance too close to closing time, so the ranger directed me to the South Lykken trail head near by. This was a great suggestion for a short pre-dinner hike before dark. I only had about 45 minutes daylight, but the part of the trail I walked was steady zigzag incline up a dirt... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

98 flights, 8,813 steps registered to the top and back down. Moderate in difficulty. Picnic tables at the top. Beautiful vistas of the Coachella valley.

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Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has been difficult to find a nice hike for my dog. This one was very nice. We started on south side. The first 30 minutes are somewhat steep with some switchbacks. Once at the top you have nice views of the valley. We continued along the trail which follows the side of the mountain, the trail is mostly flat... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

The trailhead can be found at the western terminus of Mesquite Avenue. You can park on Mesquite between S Palm Canyon and Belardo (you can't park further west on Mesquite). Walk straight up Mesquite and you'll see the trailhead. It's a narrow trail and can be somewhat steep. A moderate speed climb should take about 40 minutes to reach the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

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 November 18, 2016

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 November 1, 2016

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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