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South Lykken Trail

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This a beautiful trail with amazing views. The first mile or so is all uphill, steady yet... read more

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We have hiked Lykken many times over the past 20 years. It is well-traveled, dog and kid friendly... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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 yesterday via mobile

This a beautiful trail with amazing views. The first mile or so is all uphill, steady yet constant, with lots of switchbacks. The trail levels off at a vista point and then continues along the ridge. Well maintained and lots of street parking at the...More

Thank DeanneHA
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have hiked Lykken many times over the past 20 years. It is well-traveled, dog and kid friendly and can continue onto other trails. As we approached the summit, we met a hiker just standing. She pointed out a couple Big Horn sheep not more...More

Thank K H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this trail and did it a few times while in town. It's moderate with spectacular views of town as well as Tahquitz. If you don't like heights or steep cliffs you should probably pass. We hiked South Lykken after 3:30 when the sun...More

Thank ilovegreecetoronto
Reviewed 16 October 2018

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 14 October 2018

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 10 October 2018

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 9 October 2018

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

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