Lost Dog Wash Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 12 trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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Lost Dog Wash Trail is a 4.5 mile 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
dogs on leash kid friendly birding hiking mountain biking trail running walking horses rocky views wild flowers
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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.

Sara Johnson

6 Completed0 Reviews

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

Scott Greene

2 Completed0 Reviews

Nice, easy trail.

Marsha Arnott

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

1 Completed1 Reviews

Easy walking with some nice views.

Stefan Nicholas

4 Completed4 Reviews

Not really a hike. More of a walk.

Sean McKercher

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.

Meredith Shirrell

12 Completed12 Reviews

I love this trail. Rocky terrain, but very manageable distance and incline. I loved the views too! I went before work on a weekday and only saw a few other people, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets packed on weekends.

Christine Mahon

22 Completed13 Reviews

Nice, easy trail. A little crowded for my personal taste.

Michael S.

Underrated hike. Compares to other Southern Region McDowell Mountain Preserve trails for scenery.

Rebecka Read

9 Completed9 Reviews

Was my bi-weekly dog walking hike for years.