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Art Smith Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
AWESOME TRAIL! This was an endurance run for my son and myself. We run with Garmin GPS 305's so we always know the distance, elevation and navigation. We started at Dunn Road and went up a couple of miles then intersected the Cathedral Canyon Trail (to the right). There were no trail markers at Dunn Road and Cat Cyn but prior review of trail maps indicated it's existence. We took it to the west and about 2.5 miles into it we intersected the Vandeventer trail (Well marked and took it to the left). We ran on that for about 1 mile until it intersected the Hahn Buena Vista Trail (Also well marked and went left). We ran Hahn until it crested the mountain and crossed Dunn Road and joined Art Smith Trail (at the picnic tables). 6.5 miles to this point. We took Art Smith for 8 miles to the Hwy 74 trailhead. The trails were in great shape and the views of the mountain ranges were spectacular. DO NOT attempt this trail without lots of water. It is quite technical and depending on the temperature, you may find yourself in BIG trouble!
Do the big loop and keep the snivelin' for your spouse! This is a fun ride with all the things an xc race course should have(except Guinness and strippers). Great singletrack, but watch your line, as "cat-claw" cactus will bleed you dry.
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