Art Smith Trail

HARD
Palm Desert, CA
Art Smith Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

12.2 miles 2641 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding camping hiking nature trips walking forest views wild flowers wildlife no dogs
Hide Map

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.

Valerie Williams
1 month ago

61 Completed1 Reviews

Great views of the valley with decent climbs and vistas.

Eric Hammes
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome!! Hiked 6K out and jogged 6K back early Saturday a.m. Sunrise and great time with my son Max (11). On Monday did 5 and 5 with my wife Lori. My running partner, and then life partner!!! Loved both.

Nicole Nordenstrom
1 month ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Beautiful views and vegetation, relatively challenging incline at the start but much easier as it progresses.

Carrie Urling
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Love this trail but want others to know it is clearly posted: dogs are NOT allowed. Bringing a dog on a "no dog" trail can result in a ticket with fines up to $300. Apparently this rule is in place to help protect the bighorn sheep in the area. They don't want them to get used to the smell of canines/coyotes, which would be especially hazardous to baby sheep.

Jeffrey Sinder
2 months ago

41 Completed9 Reviews

Coastal Pilot
2 months ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

This Hike continues onto Dunn Road and ends up in Cathedral City for a Uber ride back to the trail head off of Hwy 74. It is about 14 miles all together.

Nicole Nordenstrom
2 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Good workout! Awesome views did 6 miles out and turned back. By next time I'll probably try to continue to Murray canyon. Over all my favorite hike so far.

Trent Hackett
2 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Solid dawn hike. Get there early for sunrise. Super accessible, well marked and well maintained.

Coastal Pilot
2 months ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Coastal Pilot
2 months ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

It was warm. Needed all our water, 10 liters for two people. Hiked from trail head on Hwy 74 to Dunn Road and out. Used Über to get back to our car. Pretty much an all day adventure.

Brant V.
4 months ago

Great views!

Jim Leone
4 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

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

Kathryn B.
6 months ago

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

Bring sunscreen! No shade on trail!

Jennifer Orozco
6 months ago

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 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Ron Kemper
1 year ago

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 year ago

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
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun hike good lil work out!

James Harvey
2 years ago

44 Completed26 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
2 years ago

1117 Completed427 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.