Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop

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Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop is a 5.1 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
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 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.

trail running
3 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

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17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Easy Sunday morning hike. Did Lost Dog and then turned right to Ringtail Loop which connects back to Lost Dog. Trail is well-marked with lots of signs. Grab a map at restrooms before starting out if you're like me and like knowing exactly where you are on the trail. Completed hike in 50 minutes and stopped twice for quick water break to admire the scenery. GPS said total for loop was 2.67 miles.

hiking
25 days ago

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27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Easy hike, but very scenic, and the facilities and trails are immaculate.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

This is an easy hike, good for trail running or for bringing kids. Beautiful when wildflowers are in bloom, otherwise not the most scenic. Generally pretty busy. Easy access with restrooms at trailhead.

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Fantastic Trail. Clean well kept facilities. As an out of towner was happy to have found this trail for some quick little runs in the morning.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

This is my "home" course and a trail I use most frequently for training. It's like an interval run. I go from Lost Dog Wash trailhead straight out to the Taliesan Overlook and then back track to the Old Jeep trail and up the ringtail trail back to the trailhead for a total distance of around 5.5miles. The trip up and out to the Overlook is exactly 2.17 miles of relatively minor elevation gain. But when you return down and around the old Jeep you have 6 separate ascents and descents to turn it into an interval type of run. The final segment I call "the liberty bell" because I mentally ring a bell almost like Rocky in Philly when I hit the top. The rest is all downhill back to the trailhead. Great run.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Good for trail running or for an easier hike. It does take some time to complete (a little over an hour to hour and a half) if walking. This app really helped me back to the starting point since the signs seemed a little confusing. I am going to go right to the ring tail trail next time for a quicker hike loop next time.