Lost Dog Wash Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 12 trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Lost Dog Wash Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles 531 feet Loop
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From the end of the road the trail is an old jeep trail that climbs steadily to the north. After a half a mile the trail turns west and crosses a couple of washes before turning north again. It then climbs a low ridge with good views of the Valley. After cresting the ridge, the trail drops down the west side and heads toward Lost Dog Wash. When you get to the wash there is a T-intersection. Take the right fork and head north toward Talliesin Ridge. The trail climbs in and out of a series of small washes as it continue to climb toward the ridge. The trail is well maintained and the climbs are hardly strenuous. There is an overlook at the top of Talliesin Ridge and there are great views of Camelback, Squaw Peak and Pinnacle Peak. The trail continues down the north side of Talliesin Ridge, but the overlook is the turn around for this hike. Return the way you came.

Milla Queiroga
16 days ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

The trail is really pleasant with beautiful view. Too bad that some dog owners don't pick up after their dogs..

Cindy Metz
1 month ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

This is an easy to moderate loop trail that most hikers and dogs can successfully complete with minimal effort. This trail also gets lots of activity so you will see lots of hikers along the way.

Amy Haas
1 month ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Easy trail. No hiking poles needed and not too hard on the knees! Kids and dogs could handle this. Nice facilities at trailhead and some nice views

Travis Lambert
1 month ago

12 Completed13 Reviews

Very easy. A good hike for the family.

Billy Fantozz
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail, was enough for novice trail goers. great views at both of the overlooks located on this trail. Remember your water and watch your step as there are some rocky spots.

Barbara Mcgonigal
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Jack Nebel Jr
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Good trail facilities at the trailhead. Kind of ordinary at parts with plants and such, but a good amount of ups and downs to make up for it. The two lookouts provide good views of the valley.

Megan Hess
2 months ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

Probably the prettiest of the McDowell trails. Just so many flowers to see bloom and its a nice easy hike

Judith R.
2 months ago

Awesome!

Alex Leuty
3 months ago

2 Completed3 Reviews

Gradual increase with some views.

Brian Swikert
3 months ago

22 Completed8 Reviews

Brian Swikert
3 months ago

22 Completed8 Reviews

michele b.
3 months ago

variety of terrain with small inclines & turns for interest. great views. defined trail wide enough for two side by side most of the time

Kim Hay
3 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Great views very rocky

Sara Johnson
3 months ago

8 Completed5 Reviews

Great hike.. took me about hour and half... easy to run, if you like to run.

Scott Greene
3 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Nice, easy trail.

Marsha Arnott
3 months ago

12 Completed12 Reviews

We missed the fork for Old Jeep and followed Dog Wash to where it ended at Quartz, not the great views I was hoping for but still nice.

Alex Leuty
3 months ago

2 Completed3 Reviews

Easy walking with some nice views.

Stefan Nicholas
4 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Not really a hike. More of a walk.

Sean McKercher
4 months ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

This is an easy walking trail that is pretty well groomed. Some loose stones to deal with but not very difficult. The views of the valley are so-so with Sunrise Trail providing much better views.