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South Lykken Trail
  • South Lykken
  • Palm Springs, CA 92262

Fitness fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts alike enjoy South Lykken Trail in Palm Springs for its moderate yet steep switchbacks and spectacular views of the oasis. Even the mountainside is its own natural masterpiece; purple and yellow wildflowers blanket the cliffs in the wet season (November through April), spindly cacti sprout from the rocks, and bighorn sheep are known to make an occasional appearance along the ridgeline. To access the south trailhead, park along the side of South Palm Canyon Drive near where the road intersects with Murray Canyon Drive. The trail, which is open to hikers and horseback riders, begins just beyond the last line of homes (look for signs to point you in the right direction) and climbs 756 feet to a flat sandy area with tables — the perfect picnic spot (and great for photo ops!). Greater Palm Springs in all its glory stretches out before you; spend a few moments taking it all in (and catching your breath after the 1.1-mile hike up) before returning to your car via the same route.

Total Distance: 2.2 miles

Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 2.2
  • Distance (km): 3.5
  • Difficulty Score: 16
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 527
  • Elevation Gain (+): 756
  • Elevation Loss (-): 123
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 756
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 230
  • Minimum Elevation: 536
  • Maximum Elevation: 1170
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 634
  • Parking Type: Paved street
  • Location: San Jacinto Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Springs West/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Horses Allowed:
  • Picnic Tables:
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 1 - 5 Miles:
South Lykken
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