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South Lykken Trail

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Great easy trail but you have to pay attention

This is the most moderate trails for hiking but it is poorly marked and you have to pay attention... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Portland, Oregon
Our first Palm Springs hike

We hiked this trail twice during our week stay and started it from the South Lykken Trail head on... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Farmington, New York
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the most moderate trails for hiking but it is poorly marked and you have to pay attention to where you are going. The trail meanders nicely but there are no markings and it is little used so you have to figure out where...More

Thank tfizzle
Reviewed 3 days ago

We hiked this trail twice during our week stay and started it from the South Lykken Trail head on S. Palm Canyon Dr. I was confused at first because there seemed to be several names for the same trail, Carl Lykken, South Lykken and North...More

Thank NatureLovers082011
Reviewed 1 week ago

The reviews are all accurate; the hike is a great work out, bring water, wear appropriate footwear for a rocky hike and start early to avoid the heat. But I’d add that the trail isn’t always obvious, especially at the very beginning (the end of...More

Thank Irene G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great hike around 5 miles, and we started at the south trail head and went to the north. Would highly recommend for beautiful views of the city and mountains. The hike was moderately strenuous, and be sure to take enough water. It...More

Thank wkuadam
Reviewed 23 August 2018

One of our favorite hikes in the desert!!! You get easy parking, no entrance fee, and the best views all in the span of a short hike up the mountain. The kids love it and are able to do it with a little huffing and...More

Thank Goodspies
Reviewed 23 May 2018

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

1  Thank chris k
Reviewed 31 March 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

2  Thank PNG98
Reviewed 10 March 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

Thank Larryray
Reviewed 2 February 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

Thank Cec5ilia
Reviewed 14 January 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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