South Lykken Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews

South Lykken Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2257 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

North end of this trial, you'll want to go to West Mesquite Avenue, the South end would be at South Palm Canyon.

19 days ago

I started early today to beat the heat. I only encountered other hikers at the north and south extremes, from trail heads to first lookout points. Otherwise, I had it all to myself. Wonderful views over South Palm Springs with the sun coming up.

26 days ago

Great view of Palm Springs

1 month ago

best views of palm springs looking east

1 month ago

my daily hike, wonderful

2 months ago

I’m new to hiking and looking forward to many more adventures like this trail.

2 months ago

Great hike! Great view at the summit!

2 months ago

Great trail for all levels of hikers. Terrific view at the summit

hiking
2 months ago

Picnic tables midway make for a nice rest with a beautiful view of Palm Springs and beyond.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike if you have two cars. We started at the north end with a steep but short (1.5 miles) manageable climb. Then there is some scenic relaxed walking along the the ledge, with great views including big horn sheep sightings. Descend on the south end. Approximately 4.5 miles, which took us about 2 hours of moving time.

3 months ago

Exhausting but so worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike!

3 months ago

Saw many Ovis canadensis and a few Canine domesticus (scoff laws).

3 months ago

Beautiful views over the valley. Dogs are no problem from South trailhead. No dogs allowed at TC trailhead. Only met a few other hikers. Very nice hike.

hiking
3 months ago

THIS PARK DOES NOT ALLOW DOGS (EVEN ON LEASH). PLEASE CORRECT YOUR INFORMATION.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike which is not too over run with other hikers. Offers great views of Palm Springs and Tahquitz Falls.

4 months ago

One of the best trails in Palm Springs, with a good chance of encountering big horn sheep.

A must when you are in Palm Springs.

4 months ago

I love this hike. A quick workout in the morning. It hot in the afternoon as you are in direct sun.

hiking
5 months ago

I’ve seen bighorn sheep the last 2 weekends on this trail. Amazing.

5 months ago

Great hike, go early even in January it gets hot.

5 months ago

Great hike w/ a steady climb. Friendly people, while not too crowded. Will definitely do it again.

walking
5 months ago

If you park at the T C visitors center, you have a steep uphill climb to start your hike. Very rocky.

6 months ago

Fantastic morning hike. Saw a group of young rams on the mountainside.

8 months ago

Love this trail. The best in the desert for hikers seeking a decent vertical climb with great views of the Valley and amenable to dogs!

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Incredible hike! Must go in morning time and prep for hot weather. View at the top is amazing and makes the strenuous hike up the mountain worth it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Interesting rock formations. Great view of Tahquitz Canyon and the waterfall.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

One of my most favorite hikes to do in palm springs. If you have a couple of hours in the morning to do a good workout this is the one. I park and start on South Palm Canyon Drive where you can catch the Trailhead then hike/run down to the Tahquitz Visitor Center located on Mesquite Ave then walk the road all the way back to the car to make it a complete loop. You can overlook all of palm springs and maybe even catch a glimpse of the desert bighorn sheep which we did this past weekend. ENJOY!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I love this trail.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I did the trail with my all-time favorite hiking partner, my daughter. We started at the Mesquite entrance, though unfortunately we had to park the car about three blocks downhill from the trail head. There were several no parking notices beyond where we were able to park; thus we had what I call a 'hike to the hike'. A very good aerobic hike, all mostly uphill. We made it to the picnic tables. Pluses were that we can look into the canyon to see the massive flowing Tahquitz waterfall, and you can see the sprawling city view of all of Palm Springs and parts of Palm Desert, along with the thousands of palm trees inside. Negatives include limited wildlife, with just the basic sightings of several lizards. Other than a few heathy looking barrel cactus, the variety of the cactus and desert shrubbery was limited. Lastly, though we are fortunately in wildflower season, this particular trail did not have the spectacular array of blooming flowers that the other trails exhibited. Friendly hikers were found periodically during our hike, though none were seen traversing farther than the picnic table areas. Special shoutout to the entirely barefoot Italian woman we met who taught us perfect hiking etiquette when passing parties on narrow trails.

hiking
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Great climb that took less than two hours. Beautiful views, too!

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