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“Invigorating walk” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of South Lykken Trail

South Lykken Trail
Ranked #17 of 119 things to do in Palm Springs
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Owner description: The creosote bush is one of the interesting desert plants to find as you explore this part of the California desert.
Metro Vancouver
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Invigorating walk”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 views of the desert below and the cliffs around us. Comic relief:- we heard an ambulance siren from the city below and all the coyotes on the hillside joined in a chorus! Wear sturdy shoes (runners are o.k. though; take 2 bottles of water and some energy bars). The walk is a moderate uphill push, no hiking experience required. Movement impaired walkers will find it difficult and wheelchairs are definitely not possible. Use the bathroom at the center - there's no chance along the way. Parking at the center 5 minutes from downtown PS.

Visited November 2013
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St. George, Utah
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165 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Excellent Hike”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 Rescue have to help someone down from hiking this and other trails in PS.

I've hiked this trail several times with a group of young (9-10 yrs old) kids without a problem, however I think the best way to hike it is to start at the west end of Ramon Road and hike north to the picnic table above the museum. The trail from the table to the museum is a steep switch back and much easier to go down than up. The view is worth the hike.

Again, if it is hot out go swimming or do something else.

Visited October 2013
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Burbank, California
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful View!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Terrific morning hike to stay in shape while on vacation!! I got some beautiful pictures of the valley below and all of the rock formations on the mountain.

Visited August 2013
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Palm Springs, California
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209 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Hiking with Friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is a great hike. You enter from Mesquite and hike across to the condo's on South Palm Canyon drives. I do this hike in the AM and love to watch the sun come up.

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“4.4 miles of terror!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

No, actually, it's not terrorizing. We ran/hiked the length in about 90 minutes. Unbeatable views, loads o' lizards, interesting geological bits, fantastic cacti, sunburnt neck....

Visited February 2013
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