“It’s the perfect time of year to hike in and around Palm Springs. There are so many amazing trails, with so much nature and wildlife to see and enjoy—all while getting in a good workout and burning off a few extra holiday calories.

Among the most popular trails in the Coachella Valley are the North and South Lykken Trails, named in honor of Carl Lykken, an early pioneer who was the first postmaster of Palm Springs—and a man who had a love for hiking and riding. The combined sections of the two trails stretch about 9 miles from end to end. Both moderately challenging trails skirt the city of Palm Springs while paralleling, for the most part, Palm Canyon Drive/Highway 111 (North Lykken) and South Palm Canyon Drive (South Lykken). The trails go from just a few hundred feet above Palm Springs to more than 1,500 feet above the city, along the base of Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument…”

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