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South Lykken Trail

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Address: El Estero, Palm Springs, CA
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Moderate Hike, Great Views

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 you through a blossoming landscape of wildflowers, bushes, cactus, and boulder formations. On the steeper... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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familyfour85
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the Museum Trail or to the North Lyychen Trail. We went in March and the... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Bourbonnais, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 spectacular with really sharp switchbacks and steep dropoffs. Great view of the whole valley. Everything... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 to the picnic tables. Wonderful view. Go early in the am as it does get... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We started at the north end on Mesquite near the Tahquitz canyon entrance. We brought our dog and there were a number of dogs on the trail. At the start of the trail is a dog waste station with bags available. The north end provides a steep but moderate hike of 1.5-2 miles to a picnic area (tables). A spectacular... More 

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Montreal, Qc,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lycan trail can go on for 5-10 hours of walking if you want to do the whole trail. Bring water with you and wear shoes or sneakers with a good tread. Bring a hat. The trails are not clearly marked in that there are many paths along the same trail, so you might not come down the exact same... More 

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