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South Lykken Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (3)

A great trail along the San Jacinto that rises up to yield wonderful views down into Palm Springs and the valley.


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Map Key

4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Point to Point

1,536' 468 m

High

527' 161 m

Low

1,124' 343 m

Up

1,112' 339 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Something for everyone, including picnic tables.

Need to Know

You can take the trail from the north or south, but be careful NOT to park in the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center parking lot unless you pay to go on the Tahquitz Canyon trail. Parking on the north side is found east of the trailhead, along West Mesquite Ave. If you park on the south side, you can park next to the trailhead along South Palm Canyon Drive. Obviously, read and obey all street parking signs.

Description

A rocky trail with wonderful views to the east of Palm Springs and the valley. The trail has a steep incline at the beginning and end, but is fairly moderate in between. Picnic tables great you about a mile in on both the south and north sides of the trail. There are overlooks of the Taquitz Canyon trail along the way where you can see Taquitz Falls in the distance. Bighorn sheep frequent the area, so if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse.

Flora & Fauna

In the spring you'll commonly see blooming yellow brittlebush and flowering cacti. Herds of bighorn sheep frequent the area, so if your lucky you may be able to see or hear them along the trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Palm Desert, CA

Shared By:

Andrew Schmidt with improvements by Scott Collins

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

#2

in Palm Springs

#6094

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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Trail Rankings

#2

in Palm Springs

#515

in California

#6,094

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Photos

Big horn sheep along the South Lykken Trail.
Feb 24, 2019 near Palm Sp…, CA
Entrance sign, about 0.25 miles in on the south side of the trail.
Feb 24, 2019 near Palm Sp…, CA
Looking east midway on South Lykken.
Oct 11, 2020 near Palm Sp…, CA

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Dec 23, 2019
Matt Anderson
Started at south trailhead, rainy and cool, saw 20 big horn sheep near north trailhead 4.5mi — 3h 00m
May 19, 2019
Gary Hafer
Mar 31, 2019
Lorenzo Ballejos