Hikin' the Lykken, Palm Springs
If you love a hike with a great view payoff, this one is fabulous. Start at the Palm Springs Art Museum. (From Sunmor, just go west on Amado, curve left at the mountain, and you pretty much run into it.) There's a trailhead in the parking lot. From there, you go straight on up. It's a pretty steep switchback trail at the start.Even if you only climb 5 minutes, you'll get a great view of south and central Palm Springs. If you go farther than that, we highly recommend wearing good shoes and bringing plenty of water. Hats, snacks and sunblock are usually a bonus as well. No trashcans, no restrooms. It's all pack in, pack out.The panorama above was taken 1/2 way up to the picnic tables, on an uncharacteristically cloudy (but warm) day in January. After the picnic tables, the hike gets much more gentle, running south with a traverse of the San Jacinto Mountains. On quiet days, when the sunshine is warming the large rocks, we've spotted chuckwallas, large, curious lizards, about as big as your forearm.The end of the trail is at the end of Ramon Road, where you can then walk back through downtown to get to your car or bicycle (you might consider stopping at Fisherman's Market for a beer and fish taco in the way back). All in all, it's a little over 5 miles if you do the whole loop.