32.3 miles
Distance
3,739 ft
Climb
-7,647 ft
Descent
4,344 ft
High Point

Section 5 of a series of connecting mountain bike trails from Southern California to Canada. This section is entirely on singletrack, and utilizes some of the Palm Canyon Epic Trail.

Detailed Description
California to Canada Section 5- Palm Springs is a 32 mile popular expert route located near Palm Desert California. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 3,739 ft with a max elevation of 4,344 ft then descends -7,647 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
More Stats for California to Canada Section 5- Palm Springs mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    6 hr 51 min
  • Altitude change
    -3,908 ft
  • Altitude min
    240 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,325 ft
  • Altitude end
    417 ft
  • Grade
    -2.3%
  • Grade max
    -51.5%
  • Grade min
    47.8%
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles

Directions

  1. Walk southwest on Pinyon to Palm Connector.
  2. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  3. Walk northeast on Palm Canyon Epic.
  4. Continue for 8 kilometers.
  5. Walk north on Palm Canyon Epic.
  6. Continue for 7 kilometers.
  7. Walk northwest on Palm Canyon Epic.
  8. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  9. Turn right onto Dry Wash Trail.
  10. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  11. Walk east on Dry Wash Trail.
  12. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  13. Turn left onto Dunn Road.
  14. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  15. Turn right onto Art Smith Trail from Dunn Rd..
  16. Continue for 30 meters.
  17. Keep left to stay on Art Smith Trail from Dunn Rd..
  18. Continue for less than 10 meters.
  19. Keep left to stay on Art Smith Trail from Dunn Rd..
  20. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  21. Walk south on Art Smith Trail from Dunn Rd..
  22. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  23. Walk southeast on Art Smith Trail from Dunn Rd..
  24. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  25. Make a sharp left onto Hopalong Cassidy I.
  26. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  27. Walk northwest on Hopalong Cassidy I.
  28. Continue for 6 kilometers.
  29. Walk northwest on Hopalong Cassidy I.
  30. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  31. Make a sharp left to stay on Hopalong Cassidy I.
  32. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  33. Walk west on Hopalong Cassidy I.
  34. Continue for 600 meters.
  35. Turn left onto Mike Schuler Trail.
  36. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
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youtuber Palm Canyon Epic Mega Guide | Part 1: Opening DH
Palm Canyon Epic Mega Guide | Part 1: Opening DH
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Feb 5, 2019
youtuber Palm Canyon Epic Mega Guide | Part 2: Ridgeline
Palm Canyon Epic Mega Guide | Part 2: Ridgeline
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Feb 17, 2019

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Dry Wash Trail
Apr 30, 2024 @ 5:35pm
Apr 30, 2024
Entire length was rideable, a bit sandier towards the end. Very warm day with no wind. Be prepared to have plenty of water and pace yourself up this section. Too bad they can’t figure out a better route back from the valley, it’s quite a slog after all the fun parts of the previous section.
Palm Canyon Epic
Apr 6, 2024 @ 10:14am
Apr 6, 2024
Still riding great! A little wet at the top but should be fully dry soon
Mike Schuler Trail
Mar 26, 2024 @ 4:25am
Mar 26, 2024
Hopalong Cassidy I
Mar 13, 2024 @ 9:32am
Mar 13, 2024
Perfect conditions. Fav trail in valley. My local spot. XC & Enduro. For advanced riders. Steep & narrow. Lots of seasonal hikers. 99% of them cool. Let’s not be the bad 1% on our MTB side. Be courteous & ride safe.
Art Smith Trail from Dunn Rd.
Mar 9, 2024 @ 10:56am
Mar 9, 2024
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