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Lost Ranch Ruins Trail to Lost Ranch Mines Trail Loop

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South Mountain Preserve

Lost Ranch Ruins Trail to Lost Ranch Mines Trail Loop is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,253 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

historic site

This trail combines great views (Estrella Mountains and Indian Reservation to the South), a historic site (Lost Ranch Ruins) and a fairly steep climb (but not so steep you need to scramble).

hiking
bugs
no shade
6 days ago

good trail but damn it’s hot today... i did it in 2 hours. will definitely go back again

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
9 days ago

Good trail, a lot of side trails that can make getting lost easy. Awesome views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

some loose gravel areas.

Hard. But not the best scenery

Beautiful views, definitely a workout. Lots of loose scrabble makes for a slippery trail. Definitely use your GPS and keep track of it. Really easy to get off trail, we did it quite a few times and turned a 4.9 mile hike into a 6.5 mile one. Took us about 3.5 hrs.

Such a good view from the top! Good little burn not too difficult

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

great trail, highly recommend using a GPS.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Good workout overall. I went counter-clockwise. Definitely have app as no trail markings, I used multiple times.

Great hike one of the best I’ve been on you definitely need your GPS or you’re gonna get lost

Took just under 2 hours. Great views. 4.9 miles. Left recording on going home..

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

cool trail, but need map or will certainly get lost. parts of the trail isn't an actual trail and other parts are very hidden. ended up doing well over 5 miles bc I missed some turns or made wrong ones(also did not park at trail head so that added a little too). all in all good trail, but hilly and Rocky so be careful on it.

Fun trail, no markings at all. Had a minor detour but thankful for the Alltails app!!

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