8 miles
Distance
2,741 ft
Climb
-1,384 ft
Descent
02:06:40
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Art Smith Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Art Smith Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #5625 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

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
    02:06:40
  • Avg reverse time
    01:57:39
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Status:
on Mar 20, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Art Smith Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Mar 20, 2020 @ 4:28pm
      Mar 20, 2020
      Is this trail open/rideable with the Palm Springs lockdown?
      Jan 21, 2020 @ 10:58am
      Jan 21, 2020
      Perfect conditions right now
      Dec 7, 2019 @ 7:15am
      Dec 7, 2019
      Oct 6, 2019 @ 6:44am
      Oct 6, 2019
      Mar 7, 2019 @ 7:29am
      Mar 7, 2019
      So many rocks and so much sand...at least 4 miles of hike a bike. Mile 8 is about 3/4 miles of deep sand
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 7 rides
      • 25 miles avg distance
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      • 23 rides
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag backinmysaddle (Nov 23, 2018 at 8:58)
       I have ridden this from both hwy 74 (ending at the Dunn Rd picnic tables) as well as starting from the picnic tables and dropping in to end at hwy 74. In my opinion it’s a ton more fun starting at the picnic tables, much less hike a bike. Starting at hwy 74, i felt like there were a number of sections where you have to be a really good and really strong rider to stay on your bike. Going the other way there were only 2-3 places where we had to hop off. It’s a gorgeous ride and pretty demanding. If you have climbed to the picnic tables to do this, you have already had a good work out and so the 10 miles and some more climbing of Art Smith feel a bit harder than they should.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag thechipsareahoy (Feb 14, 2019 at 8:22)
       I rode this starting from the picnic tables (near Dunn road and Hahn trail) after coming from Palm Canyon. I would not recommend starting from the Art Smith parking as you will be mostly walking your bike for the first few miles. Otherwise this was a great trail. A nice mix of fun flowy sections mixed with more technical rocky sections. Lots of little features along the way to play on.

      Combining it with Palm Canyon makes for a great long ride (about 25 miles) but you’ll need to do a shuttle unless you want to end with a 10 mile road ride uphill.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag TitoTomasi (Mar 4, 2019 at 21:14)
       Very good trail with a lot of terrain and lines. Loved the feeling of traveling in the mountains and all the features, canyons and cannonballs. It’s kinda long and demanding too. Better keep that in mind if you combine it with more options.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag wildmeff (Mar 22, 2020 at 19:39)
       I strongly recommend NOT riding this as an out and back from the 74 parking lot, unless you’re an amazingly strong rider, a big horn sheep, or have an e-bike. Almost 50% hike a bike, with the first 2-3 miles basically exclusively pushing. The way back isn’t great either.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag nennarv (Mar 29, 2020 at 9:12)
       Good exercise. Its one of those trails you keep waiting to get fun, but it never really opens up to do so. Its scenic and in some amazing terrain but no flow. Its the only trail ive ridden that feels uphill the whole way. Maybe on a short travel lighter bike its great, but dont expect to feel like youre on a decent trail for any extended period of time.
      Rode after the PCE. If youre looking for more of a decent trail with consistent downs head towards Cathedral, way better use of the terrain.
      [Reply]

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