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South Lykken Trail, Palm Springs

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  • 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 r...  more »
  • 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 pea...  more »
  • 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 compa...  more »
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  • Decided to go for a morning trail run while on vacation with my wife in Palm Springs. I wasn't sure which trail to hit, but decided on North Lykken and it was worth it. As a resident of Minnesota, I do have trail running options nearby, but with much less of a vertical climb. While North Lykken was much more vertical than I am used to running, it was certainly manageable. I usually run 20 miles per week with an emphasis on speed vs. mileage, so the endurance wasn't an issue. The only problem I had running the trail involved diverting my eyes from the trail to admire the view. It is tempting, but don't succumb as you may trip (lots of uneven rocks/ground). I went fairly early in the day (7:45 am on a Sunday morning) and was able to easily park off Ramon Rd. I encountered about a dozen others on the trail (and 2 dogs) who were all very polite and stepped to the side when they saw my approach so I could pass. I could see how the trail may get too crowded during peak times with hikers to have a decent run, but on a Sunday morning in early April it was perfect. I would highly recommed if you have some existing fitness level, a decent pair of trail running shoes, and want to see some great views of Palm Springs.
  • Nice trail, but avoid parking right at trailhead because parking is scarce. I suggest parking on Belardo road and walking a few short blocks to the trailhead. There's also been reports of car break ins at the trailhead.
  • So happy we went! The incline was a little steep at the beginning but it was worth it!
  • The North Lykken Trail connects to Skyline and Museum trails. It isn't as steep as the Museum Trail so this is good place to start the Skyline.