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South Lykken Trail

#21 of 118 things to do in Palm Springs Features Animals
El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Easy hike with little kids

After attempting - and wisely abandoning - Museum Trail, we were directed to the Lykken Trail... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
nicolefromtoronto
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Toronto, Canada
Perfect Sunrise Hike

Rigorous but not too challenging hike. First half hour is steepish and rocky then it gets flatter... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
Julie C
,
Brooklyn, 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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  • Average2%
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“great hike” (16 reviews)
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El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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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

Thank nicolefromtoronto
Reviewed 6 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.

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 12 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 12 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
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We hiked from south to north, ending at Tahquitz Canyon entrance. I'd call it moderately strenuous--at least for this geezer. I think the ascent at the south end is a little less steep than from the north. But the north end of the trail is...More

Thank Larryray
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I start from the South trailhead. Always bring my dog. Sometimes get a little freaked out with her running on the large rock that border the steep hike. One slip would mean a pretty nasty fall. Easy to get great exercise even if just hiking...More

Thank David O
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Beautiful trail. I'd classify it as medium as far as effort goes. Pretty good length. I want to say it was 7-10 miles. Anyway there are gorgeous stretches of desert and we even saw wild sheep and rams.

Thank MiniBarf
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