North Lykken Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The most popular half of the trailthe southern sectionhas the greatest gain in elevation. This section shows a large amount of shortcuts and often receives trash droppings from less conscientious hikers. The less popular northern half includes a relatively lesser elevation gain fairly close to the north trailhead.
One of my favorites for Spring Fall and Winter
Take Ramon Road go west all the way where this road ends and you can't miss the trailhead. There are two trails at the starting point. Go to the one on the left, which is only around 100 feet from the trailhead signage. If you continue on the right where you'll see rock boulder supports underneath the trail. That path is tricky to find because the trail branches off at a few spots. Prepare for some delays if you ended up taking this trail. If you went on the first trail on the left, it's clearly defined. It's a steep trail for the first quarter mile and when you arrive at the summit becomes a flatter trail. You'll see one of the best natural desert landscape that's hidden that hikers only see. It's possible to continue along that trail and go all the way and descend at Museum Trail. Just walk back to Ramon Rd to return to your car will make this a very interesting loop walk.
Note: There's no cost to park or hike. Trashcans at the trailhead signage, along the trail no benches, restrooms or drinking fountains.