manip_nlykken344The North Lykken Trail can be accessed from the west end of Ramon Road. Follow Ramon Road till it ends at the mountain, and you will see the trailhead off to the right. Park on the side street off Ramon Road. If this sounds good, grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydroflask and get out on the trail!

The North Lykken Trail will lead you about a mile and a half where you will find the picnic tables that are also accessible from the Museum Trail that leads from the Palm Springs Museum. This is a good place to stop and take a break, eat your lunch or some other snacks, and just sit there and enjoy the fantastic views of the Coachella Valley you have from the picnic tables.

Dogs and Hiking

As of August of 2019 dogs are now prohibited all year on the Museum Trail, South Lykken Trail, North Lykken Trail and Araby Trail. Palm Springs city staff will warn and educate first-time violators, but anyone caught a second time could face fines of up to $500.

It is a Moderately strenuous hike, but the views of Palm Springs and Tahquitz Canyon make it worthwhile. If you want you can make a loop by descending down the trail from the picnic tables via the Palm Springs Museum Trail to the museum, and then return to your car using the streets.

If you want you can also continue on the North Lykken by heading around the corner of the mountain past the picnic tables. From there the trail will take you down into Chino Canyon. The trail will wander through the wash and take you up the other side to another set of picnic tables. There you can either turn around and go back ( climbing back up the other side is rough after all this hiking… ), or you can leave a second car on Cielo road and you can just take a short walk down from the picnic tables to your car. The trail is a little steep here, and the footing is loose, so be careful. (Cielo road can be reached by following Vista Chino Road to Via Norte. Turn right on Via Norte then left on Chino Canyon Road. Veer left onto Panorama Road, then left again on Cielo. Once you turn off Via Norte, the streets are rather narrow,  so drive carefully. Park at the end of Cielo road.)

If you decide to start your hike from the North end of the Lykken on Cielo Road, be advised the trail is steep, and the footing is a little loose, so be careful.

North Lykken Trail Map

Here is a GPS map showing a complete loop in the North Lykken from Ramon Road to the picnic tables, down to the Museum, and returning on the streets of Palm Springs back to your car. If you want you can just hike to the picnic tables and return back the way you came.