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Monday, May 2, 2011

New Phase of Training - Climbing Switch Backs on the South Lykken Trail

By: Keith Brock\
May 02, 2011

For the past two days I have opened a new door into hiking and preparing for the Appalachian Trail next spring - climbing the mountains at the base of or city. Though I am only carrying 5 or 6 pounds of weight, it can get enervating quickly as you switch back and forth straight up and come out above Palm Springs, CA. The following pictures are from the Lykken Trail - a great hike for all those who come to Palm Springs, especially in the warm winter months. Enjoy and leave comments.







   

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  1. For those hikers of the North, this is a great place to fly into in the winter and hike. One of the trails leads up to over 10,000 feet, 8,000 of it almost straight up, called the Cactus to Clouds hike. It is dangerous for the unprepared and people do die trying. You must have plenty of water, clothing for snow at the top, ice pick and proper ice crampons, in the winter. You enter another world at the top. It is something else. I hope to hike it this fall before snow arrives. You must start around 2 or 3am to have enough light. It is approximately 12 miles overall with around 10,000 feet elevation - 1/3 of Everest. Interesting, huh? Just have 2 gallons of water minimum to get you to the Upper Tram Station on the ridge above 8,000 feet. You can refill there, eat the the restaurant and head on up the next 2,000 plus feet in wilderness and snow.

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