South Lykken Trail, Palm Springs

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  • Wonderful views of Palm Springs and the mountains start early in the hike. Perfect for an early morning hike before it gets too hot--even in January! Doable in in running shoes (as we did) but would h...  more »
  • What a wonderful day, to spend several hours enjoying nature, having some of the most beautiful desert views. and getting a little exercise while your at it. Make sure to dress weather appropriate, an...  more »
  • Moderate hike on a narrow rocky path if you do the whole South Lykken. Many just go up to the picnic tables and back the same way. After the picnic tables you have done most of the uphill. I went from...  more »
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  • Very pretty hike with the view getting better and better as you ascend. The trail is poorly marked or not marked at all. I'm a novice hiker so if you are more experienced you may discover agree. A good hike and one worth doing.
  • 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.
  • A definite challenge! Could use a little better trail marking.
  • 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!

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