Art Smith Trail

Art Smith Trail is a 12.2 mile out and back trail located near Palm Desert, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.2 miles 2634 feet Out & Back
camping hiking views wild flowers wildlife
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From the Hike Palm Desert map obtained from the Palm Desert Visitor Center:

Turn south from Hwy. 111 onto Hwy. 74. After approximately 4 miles turn right and park at the trail head across from the Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center on the left of the highway.

Brant V.

Great views!

Jim Leone

2 Completed1 Reviews

Fantastic. Hiked this many times---always great.

Kathryn B.

Great hike! A must if you're in the area and enjoy a good workout!

Bring sunscreen! No shade on trail!

Jennifer Orozco

1 Completed1 Reviews

Really beautiful hike! Very peaceful. Take the time to acknowledge all the beautiful plants. Many lizards during the summer ! Haha best time to do is when the sun is setting. Easy hike!

Jussi Santa

1 Completed1 Reviews

Ron Kemper

22 Completed7 Reviews

Great trail! Not a speck of trash. Steep beginning, followed by moderate continual climbing. Trail surface was outstanding, not technical by my standards. Great views of valley a far and desert plants up close. Great Ocotillo, Barrel Cactus, and many others. We picked a rare cloud covered day in May and were actually cool when not climbing. The first small palm oasis is in about 2.5 miles and the second is in about 3 miles. Do not stop at the first thinking this is it, the extra half mile leads to some really nice examples of healthy desert oases. One mile further and you reach Dunn Road enjoying panoramic views of the valley.

Joe Leggett

1 Completed1 Reviews

I'm 52 years old, and this hike made me feel all of my 52 years. It was 82 degrees F (according to my car's thermometer) and I felt it all. I did see plenty of lizards (no snakes), a burrowing owl, a roadrunner, and plenty o' desert flowers. A very nice hike!

Frankie cantu

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun hike good lil work out!

James Harvey

41 Completed25 Reviews

This was a decent work out. Once away from the levee there was a good climb and then it leveleled off with a few more ups and downs. I only went as far as the1st oasis and came back. It was a little hot out and only going to get hotter. Nice views of the valley and the contrast between the desert and civilization.
I definitely will come back when it is cooler to take in more of this trail.

Carlos Abrille

547 Completed890 Reviews

This is another workout trail. From the parking lot, there's a quarter mile walk to get to the trailhead. It starts out really steep and it's a demanding quarter mile ascend and levels off at the summit which continues for around 200 feet where you will see a "T" intersection, If you go straight it becomes Hopalong Cassidy Trail and if you go left it's the continuation of Art Smith Trail that connects to Dunn Road. If you went straight, Hopalong Cassidy Trail would eventually take you to Bump and Grind Trail 6 miles away. Majority that hike this place usually go up to where Hopalong Cassidy Trail transition and return. One 16 oz. water bottle is all you would need in this case. But if you were planning to go on Art Smith all the way to Dunn Road? you're talking 8 miles minimum. By the way, the views are awesome only when you're at the summit. You'll see how it resembles Joshua Tree up in Yucca Valley.