For a more curated experience check out trail guides from our partner publishers.
Five-Star Trails Palm Springs
by Laura Randall (Menasha Ridge Press)
The North Lykken Trail is the north half of the 9.5-mile Carl Lykken Trail, which weaves along a series of mountain ridges above downtown Palm Springs. This shuttle hike begins at the west end of Ramon Road in Palm Springs and ends at Cielo Drive, off Vista Chino Road, north of downtown. It’s more strenuous and less crowded than the south half of the Carl Lykken Trail (known widely as the South Lykken Trail), with a total elevation gain of about 800 feet, and it links with two popular trails—the Palm Springs Art Museum Trail and the Skyline Trail, also known as the Cactus to Clouds Trail. This can also be a moderate 3-mile out-and-back hike by turning around at the picnic-table overlook above the Palm Springs Art Museum, then heading back the way you came to Ramon Road. Hats and sunscreen are a must for this shadeless hike.
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire
by David & Jennifer Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
The North Lykken Trail features a short side trip to the imposing Tachevah Falls. There are some unmarked and unauthorized side trails, so this hike requires good navigational skills to stay on the correct path. This trip can be done as a one-way hike with a car or bicycle shuttle. Alternatively, hike halfway, then descend the Museum Trail (see Trip 11.3) and follow Cahuilla Rd. 0.5 mile south back to Ramon Rd.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
The north end of the Carl Lykken Trail system doesn’t get as much use as the other trailheads, and it’s just as scenic. A steep but short climb leads to a saddle and viewpoint, followed by a scenic traverse along the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. Finally, you climb to a point on a ridge overlooking a seasonal waterfall.
The south end of the North Carl Lykken Trail climbs steadily up the steep mountain slopes above Palm Springs, winding through granite boulders to a point on a ridge overlooking a seasonal waterfall in Tachevah Canyon.
Sign in/up to upload photos.