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North Lykken Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 1,748 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

North trailhead has limited parking, for perhaps a half dozen cars; no spillover parking is available. South trailhead has parking for perhaps 20 cars and spillover parking is available on adjacent streets.

North trailhead: From North Palm Canyon Drive, turn west at Vista Chino; turn right on Via Norte; turn left on Chino Canyon Road; turn left on Panorama Road; turn left on Cielo Drive; turn left on an unmarked roadway. The trailhead is unnamed but marked with a sign asking hikers to stay on the established trails. South trailhead: Take East Ramon Road to its end. The trailhead is marked at the entrance to a preambulatory. At the base of the rise, follow the left ascent. (The right ascent comes to a dead end within a half mile.)

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Jeremy T.
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail! We went super early around 5AM to catch the sunrise. Love all the desert rocks you get to see along the way. Be sure to wear pants and sturdy hiking shoes, it’s a prickly path. And quite rocky :3

Orlando Marin
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Barry G.
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Hiking

South Rim - Willow Creek

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Carol Garnham
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HikingRocky

The rocky trail is a nice change from sand and gravel. Elevation is fairly steady...up and up some more. If you're planning to hike to San Jacinto and take the Tram down, note it's closed for now due to the virus.

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Bobby DeFelice
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John W. Tyler
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Hiking

I’m not sure why some of the other reviewers are so unhappy with this trail. We like to start at the north end and finish with lunch at the cafe at the art museum. I n early March, there were lots of desert marigolds, lupines, and a couple of big horn sheep

AllTrails User
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Joanne Smith
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Hiking

This trail is a dud. Don’t waste your time!

Linda Beaverson
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Hiking

Kind of a dud. This trail isn’t marked/groomed at all. I’m sure that it goes further but you’d have to make do as you go along. I’d suggest taking the trailhead to the left instead of going to the right.

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Mike Collins
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Having linked this with the South trail and heading north, we were kind of disappointed with this trail section. Comparatively, the was less scenic, had a lot more city noise, and perhaps should be remapped? Whatever you do, do not take that short section before the first turn coming from the north; it looks as if it's closed, was mostly unmarked, and borderline dangerous with some significant rock scrambling. If we were to do this again, we'd take the museum trail. If you insist on doing the northern part rather than connecting with the museum, do the longer section that isn't marked as part of this trail; there are signs directing you to do this, but not prohibiting you from doing otherwise (they should). If you start from the north, I'm not even sure you can follow the trail as AllTrails has it highlighted; I think it's no longer the official trail and doesn't have a proper entrance. You'll be bushwhacking through someone's backyard just to follow the GPS route.

Annika Nelson
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HikingOver grownRocky

Going up this trail from the south entrance off of Ramon is great, with views of the valley. It’s a gradual incline. The trail is fairly easy to follow. There is some loose gravel and rocks along the trail but nothing too treacherous. However I would recommend going down the Museum trail or turn around at the picnic tables and backtrack. I continued north in this trail and after awhile it was difficult to figure out the path with some overgrowth of the shrubs. It was a bit steep at times, with loose rocks and gravel. Luckily I had gps on this app and was able to make my way down. I stopped enjoying the hike and just wanted it to be done. The last 0.5-0.3 miles were very difficult as I was unsure the path and some steep rocky areas and cactus like plants to maneuver around. If you are up for a bit of an adventure you can finish out this hike but if you are new to hiking and want a more straight forward hike then I’d pass.

Kenneth Wai
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Hiking

We hiked from the South trail head to the north. Should have taken the advice from a local and just go to the picnic tables and back down the same way. After the picnic tables trail becomes very narrow and hard to find in places. Would do it again but only to the tables and back down same way.

Tom Atha
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

WARNING: *NORTH END OF TRAIL IS CLOSED & DANGEROUS* AllTrails: You have to update. Use the (good, proper) alternate. I did this hike back in October. Drove out from LA and tried to get it in before the sun went down. Started on the South not knowing the North problems. Past the picnic tables, the trail descended, and it got dark. The trail was hard to find. Then it became almost impossible to find. Then it got steep, then...it just ended. Now pitch black, I kept running back and forth, on a narrow edge, and running into signs (like AREA CLOSED) that kept turning me around. Parts were STEEP. Extremely hairy. 45 mins later, I pushed past the signs in the pitch dark...and found the "trail". Holy sh*t. The end of this was almost as bad: about 200 feet straight down the side of the mountain, grabbing rocks all the way. It ends up basically in a homeowner's backyard. Don't do it. The proper North end of the trail is the alternative: down at the end of Las Palmas Estates. KNOW THIS AHEAD OF TIME. This is the actual *marked* trail. Rating: 9 stars for death wish. Otherwise, I'd have given it 4 stars if both my legs hadn't been turned to mincemeat.

Jim Nelson
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Hiking

Steep to start Nice views Started around 1030 Very hot

Jasmine H.
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Hiking

A bit more climbing than expected but a great little trail with wonderful views. Can’t wait to go back!

Leonard Woods
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Hiking

Another great morning overlooking the Coachella Valley. Wildflowers are still blooming here, but starting to fade a little. Cactus blooms are about to burst, so this next weekend will be ideal. Thank you to those performing trail maintenance recently. It was very challenging on the knees and ankles after all the rainfall. But now it is smooth sailing again and I was able to run parts of it once again.

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Alison J.
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Hiking

We hiked this from the North trailhead directions today and found it to be a beautiful hike. After quickly climbing up to the picnic tables, we descended down into a valley which ran the length of a man made dam. When we got to the other side, the grass was so thick, plus the rains had washed out the trail in places that we couldn’t figure out where the trail was taking us. So we decided to call it quits and walk to the other side of the dam wall. This is something you should not do. The only way to get out into the residential part was to crawl through a hole in the chain link fence. Then once we did that, we were stuck inside a gated cul de sac with an abandoned mansion. Luckily we were able to squeeze under the security gate to escape. By the time we called it quits we had walked for 1.5 hours. If we had continued it looks like we would have had to climb a ridge to continue to Ramon. That would have taken another 2 hours of climbing with that steep elevation. There are not many markers on this trail so be prepared.

Alison Jones
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HikingRocky

Great trail. Taking the north trail head is the steep direction. 4.3 miles and it gets your heat rate up

Bob M.
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Pretty sure the north trail head is gone. We had much trouble finding it. We ended up hiking from the south. Had to scramble down a few very tight sections. Probably need some local insight into why the trail head is gone.

Jon N.
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Hiking

Good path ... easy to follow ... just watch for the left turn onto path about 200 yds in from the parking spot. Did this hike early this morning ... started at 7am to avoid the heat of the day. Great views down across Palm Springs as you wind up the path.

Kevin W.
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Nice walk

bryan routledge
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Hiking

We did this at sunrise to avoid the heat. Most of the early part of the trail gets shade from the canyon (at least early in the day). We climbed up to the high point of the trail and then back. The trail carries on to "South Lykken" but it did not worth the extra effort to get back to the car. (Intersection with the Skyline trail had me tempted. But 114F is not a day for that one). (And this is easy to find and starts right off the main road in Palm Springs).

Brian Henderson
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Hiking

Easy to find trailhead. Trail was clean and elevation was doable. Lots of rocks and boulders. Several hikers on this trail. Beautiful views of Palm Springs.

Justin Hashimoto
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EVERYONE!!! Please take caution while parking at the trail head at the end of Ramon Rd. We were about to start hiking when we noticed another vehicle had its window smashed and had been broken into. (We notifiedPalm Springs PD)There was also evidence of broken glass 10 yards down where additional parking is. Be safe out there. Sorry it wouldn’t let me write this without putting stars, just wanted to give the hiking community a heads up. I can’t truly rate this trail as I haven’t hiked it.

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