Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 518 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice easy trail.

10 days ago

5/24/2020 Started around 7am...because there are a few trails to walk the parking lot is misleading as to how crowded the trails are. Ringtail trail...A rocky terrain with loose rocks and rocks buried into the trail. Watch your footing. Stop to take a look at the views, az trails never disappoint. No shade on trail. Inclines not bad at all. Bring your sunscreen and water.

Great views, limited incline, nice nature walk.

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bugs
no shade
18 days ago

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28 days ago

Nice hike. Lost Dog is the trail to take in the early evening say from 5-7:15 pm if you want to see western diamondback rattlers for sure!!!. Been here 4 out of the last 6 nites and each time spotted at least a rattler. Also came across a horn toad and a slender non-venomous green-grey snake about a foot or so long. Reptile city! Shooooey I love it!

no shade
rocky
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike, but it is extremely rocky. If you have weak ankles, this is a place you're going to have to especially pay attention. It is so rocky that you have to keep your head down most of the time to make sure you are finding good footing and not wrenching an ankle. But, with that being said, it really is a gorgeous, Sonoran Desert hike.

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off trail
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Perfect for running some parts of the trails

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Very rocky, definitely want shoes that hold you ankles! Lots of bees, and flys but not bothering. Very nice

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Lost dog is a moderate, pretty trail that is usually pretty wide. Great for a hike with your dogs. It can get busy.

hiking
2 months ago

A great getaway... much less traveled than Gateway Loop. Not quite as great of views, but it feels more removed from the city.

The trail was wonderful and an easy hike. The wildflowers were beautiful! It was a great day!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is an overall pretty easy trail, there are lots of loose rocks so maybe keep that in mind if your ankles aren’t used to being jolted around, especially if you plan to run. Saw a rattlesnake too, which was pretty cool, just remember you’re in their house and move along :)

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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Would rate higher except for loose rocks pretty much the entire trail.

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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Was a little busy for a Monday and a bit too much loose gravel for my tastes. Otherwise, a nice easy trail with pretty views. Actually ended by taking the Anasazi Spur of the Sunrise trail back to the parking area. That added another 0.5 miles to the hike and we had the trail to ourselves for the last mile.

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