South Lykken Trail

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California

Elevation Gain2,503ft
Trailhead Elevation530ft
Elevation Min/Max521/1540ft
Elevation Start/End530/530ft

South Lykken Trail

South Lykken Trail is a hiking trail in Palm Springs, California. It is within Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 530 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,503 feet. Near the trailhead there is an information map. The Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Centre attraction can be seen along the trail.

South Lykken Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The South Lykken Trail is the south half of the 9.5-mile Carl Lykken Trail, which weaves along a series of mountain ridges above downtown Palm Springs.

The north and south trails are separated by Tahquitz Canyon, so you can’t easily do them as one hike. The South Lykken Trail is a terrific moderate hike featuring panoramic views of the desert valley and a bird’s-eye view of Tahquitz Canyon’s waterfalls and rock formations."

"The South Lykken Trail features a spectacular overlook from the curving lip of Tahquitz Canyon and also offers great views of the jets coming and going below you at Palm Springs International Airport. This trip can be done as a one-way hike. If you haven’t arranged a car or bicycle shuttle, you can make a loop by taking a somewhat unpleasant 2.5-mile walk back on the shoulder of Palm Canyon Dr. For an out-and-back alternative, hike the first 3 miles to the dramatic Josie Johnson Vista, then retrace your steps, or descend the side trail midway and walk back along Palm Canyon Dr.1"

"Starting from the north end of the South Carl Lykken Trail, you can hike to a point with a view of Tahquitz Falls, and also to a picnic area on the ridge above the falls. Of all the trails in the San Jacinto foothills, this hike offers some of the best views of Palm Springs."

"The south end of the South Carl Lykken Trail offers a longer but gentler climb to the picnic area above Tahquitz Canyon. It offers views of south Palm Springs."

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Trail Information

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, 760-778-8415,
Local Contacts
At trailhead kiosk
Local Maps