South Lykken Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews

South Lykken Trail is a 7.7 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.

7.7 miles
2263 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers





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

1 hour ago

Exhausting but so worth it!

9 days ago

A great hike!

25 days ago

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

25 days 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.

26 days ago


1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

5 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!

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

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.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Great views of Palm Springs and a few other trails. Easy switchbacks up to a great picnic table area. Just past the tables peek around a large rock for an awesome view over Tahquitz canyon. Very well marked.

trail running
Saturday, January 23, 2016

I have seen big horn sheep a few times now on the trail between the north and south summits.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Great trail for the views of Palm Springs! Easy in the beginning then takes a pretty good incline for about half a mile. It then side winds up the rest of the trail. Most of this trail is also runable.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Loved this trail. Lots of switchbacks and nice views. It's doable. We hiked to the first picnic benches.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The South Lykken Trail has two trailheads, both of which have parking. Bike tethers don't exist at the north trailhead (a block west of Belardo and Mesquite), and some cyclists might consider the fencing near the south trailhead to be adequate (on South Palm Canyon Blvd, south of Murray Canyon Blvd).

The 4 entries for South Lykken all refer to the same trail, and treat its two trailheads as distinct. However, the full trail is about 6 miles from one trailhead to the other. Two sets of picnic tables are just past the climbs that initiate the trail from each end.

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