Art Smith Trail

Palm Desert, California

Art Smith Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Art Smith Trail, named in 1977 for the late long-time Trail Boss of the Desert Riders who was responsible for the development of numerous routes in these mountains, is the gem of the northern Santa Rosas, offering a grand tour through the heart of the wilderness. The trail features outrageous cacti, outlandish rock formations, several small palm oases, and a chance to commune with the desert. Despite its length and the rugged terrain, the trail gains less elevation than might be expected. Those looking for a quick jaunt can hike 3 miles out past palm oases to a vista point, then return. For a longer hike, go all 8 miles to the end at Dunn Rd., then return. Or better yet, connect to the Hahn Buena Vista Trail and follow it down to Fern and Palm Canyons."

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Trail Information

Palm Desert
Nearby City
3,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours

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Jun 2018