Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop

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Lost Dog Wash Trail to Ringtail Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately 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

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
1 month ago

Great easy hike, moderate is a little overstated. Very nice facilities at the trailhead and well traveled.

hiking
1 month ago

Very little elevation gain, but a nice dessert hike.

2 months ago

Nice incline lots of rock if your Mountain Biking its a bumpy ride great views

hiking
3 months ago

I hike with my dogs a few times a week and will typically do this one if I want something easy but long enough to tire them out. The views are pretty nice of the surrounding mountains especially if you choose to do the lost dog lookout. I usually do this trail clockwise and it feels more like a walk than a hike. The trailhead is really well maintained and there is tons of parking. If you’re hiking watch out for mountain bikers as you share the trail with them.

hiking
3 months ago

An okay trail with typical Sonoran desert scenery. Nice morning exercise. No flowers - except for ocotillos - because of the drought. Probably pretty in a more typical spring. As shown on the map the loop (clockwise) is actually Lost Dog Trail to Old Jeep Trail to Ringtail Trail to Sunrise Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

nice hike, really easy

3 months ago

Great quiet trail. Desert scenery

4 months ago

Good hike with varied terrain and some nice viewpoints.

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
5 months ago

hiking
6 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.

6 months ago

Nice and quiet trail with good views.

6 months ago

A good workout for the early risers!

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!

8 months ago

Easy, but interesting. Lots of cactus.

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

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

11 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
11 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
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nice trail up to taliesin outlook.

Monday, April 17, 2017

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.

trail running
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nice & scenic TG

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