Art Smith Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
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.
Fabulous views and flowers
Great trail for day hiking with nice views once you get beyond the first mile or so. Several palm oases along the way. Good place to see Bighorn Sheep. If you hike in the fall (October through December) you can use the original trail a bit further in Dead Indian Canyon. It's a better start than the current trail.
Hike! This time of year is great for the wild flowers but it's always a beautiful trail.
Toughest incline at the first 2.5 miles. Levels off. Have seen big horned sheep a couple of times (up close!). The best scenery of any trail. Have only gone as far as 3.9 miles and turned around.
What a beautiful hike!
We went 4.75km to the triple oasis and then back
Fabulous topography; foliage and views. Fewer hikers than those closer to Palm Desert.
Certainly want to bring water.
We can feel our legs tonight!!