Lost Dog Wash Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona 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.
dogs 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.
One of my favorite easy trails in Phoenix. Good for dogs and beginning hikers.
I guess my main frustration with this trail is that it didn't feel like there was much of a goal-- it's a nice desert walk, with some shade in the later hours of the day, but you're not walking up a mountain, down a canyon, up towards a rock, around a lake, or anything... you're just hiking in the desert. Otherwise it's a nice path, clearly marked, not strenuous at all.
My dog and I frequent this trail. It's a perfect length for a good, easy hike. There's a couple spots that get rock, so good boots should be worn. Much less busy on weekdays, but can get quite busy on weekends unless you go early!
A great trail with beautiful scenery. The footing was a little challenging, so good hiking shoes would be helpful. It was a good workout, and well worth checking out.
Great little hike. Trail surface probably requires a good pair of boots, or step carefully and take your time. Sunscreen, hat, and water recommended.
Easy little stroll in the park!
Nice views of the McDowell Mountains, and some cool washes to hike in and out of. Nice easy stroll, took about 90 minutes to 2 hours