6 miles
188 ft
-2,285 ft
2,402 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Art Johnson Trail
  • BLM
    Land Manager

Art Johnson Details

  • Riding Area
    Palm Canyon
    Cathedral City, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Secondary Access Road/Trail (2 votes)
  • Winter only trail
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #26873 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

First half is kind of hard to follow but pretty flowy and fun with little up hill jaunts. Second half is brutal loose rocky switchbacks straight down the mountain side. Not a good ending trail for the palm canyon epic.

Access Info

When you enter the art smith trail head, turn left about 25 ft in. If you passed the little brown floppy sign that says art smith you went to far. No trail head marking.


Do this trail at your own risk!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Art Johnson bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,097 ft
  • Altitude min
    290 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,387 ft
  • Altitude end
    290 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,354 ft
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,018 ft
  • view trail stats
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag Trek9er (Nov 12, 2018 at 15:29)
 First half is nice...second half is hell. Trail is not well traveled/marked. Few spots that the trail just disappears and you have to backtrack to find a small arrow out of rocks etc. The trail is about half flowing ups and downs, then basically goes straight down the side of the mountain into the wash. It is brutal loose, chunky rocks. Few spots you have to carry your bike because the trail is so thin. O and you will have no brake pads left.
  • + 1
flag Trek9er (Nov 12, 2018 at 15:38)
 I do not recommend it to end the palm canyon epic, Pick hahn or anything else instead.

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