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.
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.
Did that exact loop and my gps gave me far less distance
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.
Great trail usually nice breeze blowing. Moderate trail.
Good hike, not too hard! Keep walking up sunrise trail for beautiful views, especially around sunset.
easy hike, nice view of scottsdale at half way point
The trail is really pleasant with beautiful view. Too bad that some dog owners don't pick up after their dogs..
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.
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
Very easy. A good hike for the family.
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.
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.
Probably the prettiest of the McDowell trails. Just so many flowers to see bloom and its a nice easy hike
Gradual increase with some views.
variety of terrain with small inclines & turns for interest. great views. defined trail wide enough for two side by side most of the time
Great views very rocky
Great hike.. took me about hour and half... easy to run, if you like to run.