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South Lykken Trail

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El Estero, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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BEST TRAIL IN PALM SPRINGS (INOW WITH MORE SHEEP!)

This trail cuts up the face of the San Jacinto front range and follows the ridge along the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
chris k
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Palm Springs, California
Vista of downtown Palm Springs

Located just south of downtown the first mile is fairly steep. Start early if it is going to be a... read more

Reviewed March 30, 2018
PNG98
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Medford, Oregon
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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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  • Average2%
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“picnic tables” (31 reviews)
“great hike” (16 reviews)
“south end” (7 reviews)
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El Estero, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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"picnic tables"
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"great hike"
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"great exercise"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail cuts up the face of the San Jacinto front range and follows the ridge along the mountainside to Oswit Canyon on South Palm Canyon Drive. Along the way, it offers unparalleled views across Palm Springs to the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Indian...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

Located just south of downtown the first mile is fairly steep. Start early if it is going to be a warm day. Their is no shade on this trail which after going up then goes mostly flat along the hillside. Look for horned sheep they...More

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Reviewed March 10, 2018

We started at the south end trailhead and descended at north end where my wife picked us up. The ascent at south end is definitely strenuous but the trail is really worth it. There are a couple of table sites at the top and great...More

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Reviewed February 2, 2018

We arrived around 9:00 AM on a Friday in January, and the trail was very busy already. The trail is fairly wide and clear, but there are a lot of steep inclines that will require sure footing and a lot of energy! We were able...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Wonderful views of Palm Springs and the mountains start early in the hike. Perfect for an early morning hike before it gets too hot--even in January! Doable in in running shoes (as we did) but would have been easier had we brought hiking boots.

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

What a wonderful day, to spend several hours enjoying nature, having some of the most beautiful desert views. and getting a little exercise while your at it. Make sure to dress weather appropriate, and have WATER!! period.

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Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

Moderate hike on a narrow rocky path if you do the whole South Lykken. Many just go up to the picnic tables and back the same way. After the picnic tables you have done most of the uphill. I went from south to north. Was...More

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Reviewed December 11, 2017

Very pretty. Travel at night or early morning or you will get hot. Especially if traveling to the Palm Springs aerial tram.

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Reviewed November 20, 2017

A short run from our hotel (Hotel California, recommended!) then a solid work out climbing 300M (to the picnic tables on the ridge); carry on to N Lykken trail head or return. So close, convenient and fabulous views.

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Reviewed November 12, 2017

My wife and I did this hike early in the day when the temp was still in the mid 60's. There is literally no shade the entire way up to the picnic tables and the hike is definitely rated as moderate. Many areas are narrow...More

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