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
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

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
11 days ago

More nature

More magic

Less society...

14 days ago

Good hike with varied terrain and some nice viewpoints.

1 month ago

This trail is not 5.1 miles in length round trip. It is just about 2.3 miles round trip. The round trip distance from the LDW trail head to Taliesen Overlook, returning via the Old Jeep Trail and Ringtail loop is 5.2 miles. I work at Lost Dog as a Steward providing information about the trails there.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty good views. Lots of stones though. I'd say it's a bit harder than easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Most of the trail is loose rocks which means you spend 2 hours looking at your feet rather than taking in the beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very relaxed hike for me. Great beginner hike! I had several trail runners pass without extra water if that tells you anything. The most “difficult” places are small inclines that are covered with loose rock, which tend to be in corners. There’s a nice view of Scottsdale at Taliesin overlook.

2 months ago

Nice and quiet trail with good views.

2 months ago

A good workout for the early risers!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Yes it’s easy.
Still pack water. And supplies.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a good trail for doggos. Paths can get a little tight with some cactus and two way traffic. very scenic views. coyotes, rattlesnakes and bobcats are still out there, use some caution. easy hike for all ages. Please remember to bring and drink plenty of water! Stay safe and enjoy!

4 months ago

Easy, but interesting. Lots of cactus.

hiking
5 months 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.

7 months ago

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

7 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.

trail running
8 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.

trail running
8 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
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail up to taliesin outlook.

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