Lost Dog Wash Trail

EASY 213 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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Nice trail up to taliesin outlook.

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1 month ago

I liked this trail but it's not "easy." They need to update this loop to moderate. The people who rated this as some easy nature walk are idiots. The elevation changes at least 6 times throughout, and has mostly inclines with very little breaks in between. It's not a "flat" trail whatsoever. Whoever said that doesn't know what they are talking about. There's nothing flat about it, almost the entire trail is loose rocks that give way upon each step, so you have to watch where you're stepping the entire time. "Easy" is the Papago park 5k loop, or parts of Trail 100 in the Phoenix Preserves. Those trails are actually flat, with almost no incline/decline. The Lost Dog Wash is a real hiking trail, not a hiking "path" or some easy nature walk. Update this to moderate!!

PS: there's bees the entire time. If you take your headphones off all you hear is a constant buzzing noise from all the bees. Sounds like they are right behind you the whole hike. The buzzing never ends. At least in this season, not sure about winter or summer.

1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Good for trail running. The trail isn't marked well. To make the loop you have to take a right on old jeep road (the signs say lost dog is to the left but don't go that way). I ended up doing an out and back.

1 month ago