Art Smith Trail

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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.

12.2 miles 2936 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

6 minutes ago

Fabulous views and flowers

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3 days ago

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.

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12 days ago

Beautiful challenging
Hike! This time of year is great for the wild flowers but it's always a beautiful trail.

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19 days ago

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.

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1 month ago

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!!

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