North Carl Lykken Trail to Museum Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

North Carl Lykken Trail to Museum Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from October until March. Horses are also able to use this trail.

2.5 miles 843 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers



no dogs

This loop trail involves two trails, Museum & North Lykken Trail and some residential neighborhood walk. Can be done either direction, best to do this clockwise.

3 months ago

Nice trail and great view of valley. Be aware homeless men hang out on the trail. Would recommend not hiking alone.

9 months ago

Rocky with great views - sometimes hard to find trail on right side loop.

1 year ago

This a great little trail that can be started at the PS Art Museum or at the end of Ramon Rd. As I have gotten older, my knees prefer a steep ascent and a moderate descent, so I start at the PS Art Museum and end at Ramon Road or start at and return to the Ramon Rd. trail head. Great views of the valley and the beautiful desert plant life. Use desert rules, start early, protect yourself from the sun and carry plenty of water.

2 years ago

I usually start at the end of Ramon Rd. First leg is steep, for about 20 minutes. It evens up once you get through that. Nice walk through the mountain with views to Downtown Palm Springs. You then hit another challenging climb, almost as intense as the first one. Once you pass that and continue on the trail you'll come across benches. From here you can hike down and end up at the PS Museum parking lot, OR you can continue on the same trail heading north descending into the Las Palmas neighborhood (near Alejo Rd behind Koffi). I prefer coming down into Las Palmas as I get to walk all through Palm Canyon and back to Ramon Rd and up to pick up my car.

2 years ago

Started this hike really late around 11 am, instead of going up Museum Trail, did the residential neighborhood walk, the last street on this route was suppose to be Tennis Club Rd, but surprisingly this road turned out to be a private street with a gate. The kind where you need a remote control or a number code, had to find an alternate route which lead to that point where the path goes through residential backyard in the desert. Finally you arrive at the trailhead to North Lykken.

The next phase was to hike North Lykken all the way to Museum Trail at the picnic tables, then descended Museum Trail to return to the parking lot of the Museum. Just for your information this loop was totally awesome. You will not find a map of this loop, because it doesn’t exist. You’ll have to just check my GPS tracking for your reference.

Since it was below 90 degrees, one 16 oz. water bottle will suffice, best to start early to beat the heat. Before actually hiking this loop, first review in Google Earth the entire loop before actually going out there. Because some people might assume Lykken is the trail that go right on the edge of the mountain that’s supported by boulders. That’s not Lykken. This is why you need to check Google Earth, so you know where exactly Lykken Trail goes. There’s no fee to park or hike this trail.