Lost Dog Wash Trail is a 6 mile trail located in the McDowell Mountains Scottsdale Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for birding, hiking, trail running & walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash
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.
From Scottsdale, drive east on Shea to 124th Street. Turn north (left) and continue to Cactus road. Turn east (right) and go to 128th Street. Drive north on 128th street until the road ends. There is a small parking area at the end of the road.
There is another trailhead on 124th Street. Quite nice parking lot just watch in the evening not to get 'gated in'. If you do just pull to the far right of the gate and it should open.
Quite nice parking lot on 124th St. Just watch in the evening not to get 'gated in'. If you do just pull to the far right of the gate and it should open.