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.
This was my first Arizona hike back in 2016 October. We got out midday so the sun was high and this trail does not boast a lot of shady spots. We went about halfway in then turned and came back instead of looping the full way around. It was quite dull, flat and easy, nothing spectacular to see and nothing at the end to reach as an end goal. If you haven't been to the desert this is a nice introduction to desert flora and hiking in the sun.
Nice & scenic TG
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.