dogs on leash
Saw a Coral snake on this hike (not a King snake, have the video)! Great hike with varying terrain and views. Did this one in the summer, not the best time at all - take a lot of water and carbs!
Another beautiful set of trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Good job Scottsdale! The facilities are top-notch, and the volunteers at the trail-head were very very friendly. Come here if you want to see the nicest trails and pristine desert. I have never seen this much cholla cactus in my life! I took the Lost Dog all the way to the Taliesin Overlook, then the Old Jeep, and finally the Ringtail trail back to the entrance of the park. I'd say a little over 5 miles and not too hard.
This is a fantastic trail for any level. I've been on this trail several times and prefer the clockwise direction. There are a couple of steeper climbs that a beginner will probably have to walk up, but the long descent makes it all worth the effort. Fun!
Went here for a night hike with park staff for the Hunter Moon/sunset/moon rise/full moon walk. The views were gorgeous! Was very flat and so easy to walk that you could do it solely by moonlight. Some people in the group showed up late and these were the same people who didn't get the brief talk from the ranger about being quiet and proper flashlight etiquette. Was pretty annoying having bright lights randomly flashed in your eyes and people incessantly talking loudly about billd and car problems and neighbors... Would have been much more enjoyable with a small group. But that's what you get sometimes when you do a group hike! Was still a beautiful hike.
We loved this hike! It offers a challenge as well as spectacular views! We climbed all the way to the top! My 9 yr old daughter wants to go back soon. It is dog friendly but I wouldn't recommend it as there are many cholla cactus and pieces on and along the trail.
Michael W. on Brown Ranch Trail to Cone Mountain ...
Great views that I didn't expect and nice trail. I too was attached by fly's and ants at the top.
We were going to just do Lost Dog Wash which is O/B, but after looking at the layout of trails decided to catch a little of all the trails -- Sunrise, Ringtail and it's highest point, Old Jeep, going to the top of Talliesin Ridge for the lookout, and back down Lost Dog Wash. That made for a nice hike. We've added Sunrise Trail to our list for the next time we're in the Phoenix area.