On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a report of two lost hikers on the Art Smith Trail between Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage. The two adult males began their trek this morning on their mountain bikes in the Cathedral City Cove. They had hoped to take the trail to the termination point in south Palm Desert at Highway 74. The hikers left the trail and soon became disoriented. They became stranded and realized they needed assistance. The hikers called for help on their cell phones.
The Sheriff Department’s Desert Search and Rescue was activated and the Sheriff’s helicopter responded. The hikers started a small fire and the helicopter located them at about 5:00 PM. They were found approximately four miles southwest of the Magnesia Springs Canyon. Both were airlifted out along with their bicycles. Neither hiker sustained any injuries.
The Palm Desert Police encourages hikers to carefully plan their hikes and to take plenty food and water and adequate clothing, especially during this time of the year.