Lost Dog Wash Trail

Scottsdale, AZ
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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.

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I'm still really new to hiking and have just moved to Phoenix so I'm trying to find some good trails for when my family moves down. This trail was okay. Not too much to see, but was easy enough for the kids I think. I made the mistake of starting the hike around 1:00 pm on April 11. It was only about 90 degrees out, but there is very little shade so I will go either in the early morning or late evening next time. Good trail to learn on and get conditioned on.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great easy trail!!

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19 Completed 7 Reviews

Not a bad trail to take children on (except for the stupid fools on MTN bikes that think they own the trail) took my 2year old and dog up to the the overlook, easy well maintained trail, great signage to mark the trail, I recommend this trail as a family friendly trail.

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9 Completed 3 Reviews

Decent trail that is easy to follow. Watch out for rattlesnakes though - we heard them just after the second cutoff about a mile from trailhead.

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike with great weather. I am so glad there was a nice cool breeze. I would of given it a lower rating if it was summer. There is no shade. Great views and signs everywhere to make sure you don't get lost.

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9 Completed 4 Reviews

What I like about this trail the most is how it's not the "hot spot" like camelback etc. It has its share of nice views especially from the Taliesin overlook and Sunrise. Ringtail heading NE then back around had a little more of a climb to it compared to starting on Lost Dog Wash. Jeep trail part was also nice. All around a great area to explore just to get out of the city :)

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19 Completed 4 Reviews

It's an easy trail. As many jar already mentioned the actual lost dog wash trail is not a loop. If you want to do the loop that this map shows then you must use the old jeep trail I complete the loop. Also if you follow this map it will not take you to the look out, but this is easy I find due to the great signs along the trail. Please be advised the gate doesn't open until sunrise.

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16 Completed 12 Reviews

Easy hike with a nice payoff view at the Taliesin overlook. Great for beginners, with ample parking and bathrooms/water at the trail-head.

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88 Completed 84 Reviews

Enjoyed a nice trail run today. The wild flowers are blooming, so there are lots of nice views.

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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice trail. Well marked. At sunrise the parking lot was empty but it filled fast (Sunday). Lost dog wash trail itself is not a loop so grab a map and make a loop out of the many connectors. Quartz trail is very nice into a box canyon.

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