Art Smith Trail

Palm Desert, CA
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Art Smith Trail is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April.

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.

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Fun hike good lil work out!

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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.

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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.

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Great trail in the Palm Springs area, specifically in Palm Desert. Very solid trail signs and the views were great! Good solid trail with moderate terrain. It is a well advertised trail in the area, but it was my first time on it. I did not go the full route and went approximately five miles and returned back, but I would certainly return when I am back in the area next year. Great views initially of Big Horn Golf Course and homes as you start your trek, but as you progress into hike head into mountain trails and oasis vista.

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