Lost Dog Wash Trail

EASY 53 reviews

Lost Dog Wash Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

rocky

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail usually nice breeze blowing. Moderate trail.

10 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Good hike, not too hard! Keep walking up sunrise trail for beautiful views, especially around sunset.

21 days ago

easy hike, nice view of scottsdale at half way point

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Very easy. A good hike for the family.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

6 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

horseback riding
7 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
7 months ago

Gradual increase with some views.

hiking
7 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

hiking
7 months ago

Great views very rocky

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, easy trail.

hiking
8 months ago

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.