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South Lykken Trail

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El Estero, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Very Pretty

Very pretty. Travel at night or early morning or you will get hot. Especially if traveling to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lachlan P
Great climb, fabulous views of the palm carpet over the city

A short run from our hotel (Hotel California, recommended!) then a solid work out climbing 300M (to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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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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“picnic tables” (28 reviews)
“great hike” (16 reviews)
El Estero, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank Lachlan P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank mwyvr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank DTarga50
Reviewed 6 April 2017

After attempting - and wisely abandoning - Museum Trail, we were directed to the Lykken Trail, which was much more doable and enjoyable with our 4-year old. We got a late start and, with no shade or rest areas, we made it to a rocky...More

1  Thank nicolefromtoronto
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Rigorous but not too challenging hike. First half hour is steepish and rocky then it gets flatter. Gorgeous views and light around sunset and early morning. Beautifully situated picnic tables on a peak if you want to bring food.

1  Thank Julie C
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We took the S. Lykken Trail that was steep and narrow that took us to a flat peak with two picnic tables. Out and back it's about two miles with a 1000 foot elevation. It's relatively steep when compared to the flat trail which takes...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Great views. 30 minutes uphill then a long relatively flat trail with sweeping views of the valley. Go early as there is no shade on this trail.

Thank PNWtravelers1995
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Parking is available on the street. Start at the trailhead and be sure to bear left at the fork to get on the right trail. It is a moderately strenuous hike in my book. Start early in the day. From here you can go on...More

Thank familyfour85
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Starting right from Desert Lodge it takes me 5 min to the trailhead. Start 30 min before sunrise and you will get back beautiful views. A loop can be done in 2-3 hours, well marked trails, no water supply.

Thank BernieEastwood
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We are staying right across the street and enjoy this hike. Poles are helpful because of the switchbacks. A 45 min climb should put you at the picnic tables and a breathtaking view of the valley.

Thank retiredteacher09
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