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Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +534/ -564 ft
Total: 36 riders

Mountain Biking Art Smith Trail

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#264 of 1,005 mountain bike trails in California
#3,434 in the world

Be prepared to CLIMB! The trail start with a steep climb with gnarly
switchbacks. After finally leveling off a bit you have some nice sweeping
ribbons of singletrack through the scenic mountain side, then back to more
climbing. Some sections are quite steep and technical with rocks and tight
switchbacks. Coming back is really fun as it's almost all downhill. Some
sections you can just let it go but mostly you'll be riding the brakes through
the steep downhill and tight switchbacks. You'll definitely enjoy some
incredible mountain views and most likely come across some hikers.

First added by joetutt on Mar 21, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Palm Desert, jump on 74 where it meets 111 and head South till you get
to the very base of the mountain. Just before the road starts to climb, on your
right hand side is the trailhead. You'll most likely see cars parked right off the
road. There's practically no signage so climb the little ridge near the road and
you see where to go from there (see album).

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Q: Is the parking lot closed at night