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.
Wonderful easy hike with some pretty views. Terrain was a little rocky in some areas.
pretty views, especially fun for checking out local flora with out of towners. low stress, great for a mild december day hike!
great kid friendly tramp with decent valley views. my 5 year old loved it!
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.
A good workout at 4.5 miles, but not too steep! Great views.
November mountain bike outing. This is a rocky trail that calls for a full suspension bike. Great scenery and not too many other bikers or hikers made for an enjoyable ride. Started from Westworld and Taliesin trail to Lost Dog Trail
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.