8 miles
Distance
2,741 ft
Climb
-1,384 ft
Descent
02:06:09
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Art Smith Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Maintainer

Art Smith Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Palm Desert
    Palm Desert, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year-round
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #4008
  • Land Manager
    Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument

This ride is located north of Palm Desert in the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area. From its origin in Dead Indian Canyon, this 16.7-mile out-and-back singletrack route takes you through a diverse desert garden of cacti s you follow a couple of sandy washes into a canyon. The impeccably signed and maintained path then begins climbing sharply up switchbacks while passing signs erected in tribute to the trail's namesake. You will dismount and carry your bike with frequency. This trail is exclusively a ride for the young and young at heart. if you're riding like you're youthful, strong, and immortal, this is paradise. But if you feel old, blasé', or timid, it's an ordeal.

Access Info

To get to the Art Smith Trail, take the I-10 East exit towards Monterey Avenue. Veer towards the right, so that you proceed up the steep, rugged mountainside towards the last of the Golfland Developments. On your right-hand-side, you will see the trailhead of the Art Smith Trail.

To reach the parking area, you must push through the windy mountain pass for a total of ten miles. Make a right hand turn at the Pinyon Campgrounds. The parking for the Art Smith Trail is on the right near the entrance of the campground. A shuttle will take your to the trailhead.

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More Stats for Art Smith Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,357 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,027 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,472 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,033 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,390 ft
  • Grade
    3.173%
  • Grade max
    -44.147%
  • Grade min
    45.914%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,536 ft
  • Avg time
    02:06:09
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Status:
on Feb 20, 2017
Dry
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to art-smith-trail trailhead (33.668475, -116.408327)
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Art Smith Trail Trail Reports

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Feb 20, 2017 @ 1:57pm
Feb 20, 2017
Great shape. Recent rain has knocked down the dust and consilidated some of the loose stuff.
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Mar 17, 2018 @ 6:59pm
Mar 17, 2018
Art Smith Trail, My City
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Jul 19, 2017 @ 6:59pm
Jul 19, 2017
Art Smith Trail, Palm Desert
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Jan 21, 2017 @ 7:12pm
Jan 21, 2017
Art Smith Trail, Palm Desert
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Jan 21, 2017 @ 7:12pm
Jan 21, 2017
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1 Review & Comments

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flag XC-HiDesert (Mar 17, 2018 at 18:58)
 Well marked and easy to navigate. Leave a ride at the end of the trail and Park at the top/ end of the trail with your bikes to start. We hiked our bikes up from the trail head. Fine day though.
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