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Ringtail Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,048 feet
Elevation Gain 302 feet
Accumulated Gain 379 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.56
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9  2018-08-15 RowdyandMe
6  2018-01-04
Lost Dog Wash Short Loop
6  2017-09-03
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin Overlook
26  2017-03-23
Lost Dog Loop
3  2017-01-30
Sunrise Peak from 128th Street
21  2016-12-01 New2hyk
6  2016-03-08
Ringtail - Old Jeep - Lost Dog
8  2015-12-06
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSP
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Winter to Early Spring
Sun  6:14am - 6:25pm
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Lost Dog Loop
wanted to take advantage of the cooler temps and do some sort of wildflower hike. I saw a post on FB that said the Lost Dog was coloring up so I decided to go there. It had rained off and on this day but I thot it was pretty much done so should be a beautiful hike... and it was for the most part.

I hiked the Lost Dog to Ringtail. There was the usual suspects of wildflowers but nothing too dramatic other than the BRITTLEBUSH. OMG! Yep, it's their time and they're showing off even after a week of very hot temperatures. The hedgehogs were apparently cold as their blooms were pretty tight.

Once you hit the Old Jeep Trail you have Brittlebush lining both sides. I just wish the sun would have stayed out as it makes a much more dramatic picture with the dark skies. I went in and out of a couple washes that were also lined in Brittlebush and then all of a sudden it got windy and cold and oh ya, the wet stuff. Fortunately I was in an area that had some trees so I huddled up next to a Desert Palo Verde presuming that the brunt of this little storm would be short as had the rain for most of the day.

In about 5 minutes it let up enough for me to continue; otherwise I would have gotten even more chilled. I'm glad I had my hat as it kept a lot of the rain off me too. My camera lens was having a tough time recovering because of course I was trying to film the event. The trail got a little slippery after. I contemplated doing the Taliesin part but decided against it since I was in my tennis shoes and the socks were rubbing me wrong (my hiking shoes got left in Ambika's car).

There was one more wash that had a nice display of Brittlebush. As I was back on the Lost Dog I ran into about 6 hikers and 2 bike riders. I finished it off by getting really close to a beehive that is marked by four cones on the sidewalk that marked the area. Now rocked off areas I will go around but I didn't even think twice about why those cones might be there ](*,) . Nonetheless, I took a picture and I think some movie of the hive.

And yep, I have videos in production. Done 04-03-2017

Lost Dog to Old Jeep Trail via Ringtail - [ youtube video ]
Old Jeep Trail and rainstorm - [ youtube video ]
Old Jeep to Lost Dog Trailhead - [ youtube video ]

mostly Brittlebush, some lupine and desert chicory, hedgehogs, chuparosa
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Went on a bird walk with 2 bird expert stewards. On our last walk, I thought I spotted owls in one of the Saguaro holes. Walter brought his scope and carried it for the entire walk. Sad to report that there were no owls in that hole. Felt very guilty that I made him carry heavy equipment. But he was happy as we saw 26 sps. I really enjoy listening to people with knowledge and experience.
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Sunrise & Taliesen Overlook
needed a double digit training hike with some aeg, not on south mountain
started from lost dog trailhead, went up to sunrise peak, down to 145th street and back
then took ringtail to the jeep trail, and lost dog to taliesen overlook
lost dog back to the trailhead
didn't know if anyone had a track for the new nature trail, so i finished with that - it's cute
saw maybe 15 hikers and three mountain bikers - no one on the west side of sunrise, old jeep or ringtail
83 degrees when i started, 91 at the finish and quite humid
cloud cover for most of sunrise and a good breeze all morning
always enjoy sunrise peak and the east side views
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Ringtail - Old Jeep - Lost Dog
had planned to hike Gateway with Kathy on Monday but I'm a "buttercup" and wanted to rest my knee a day. With the temps so nice though, I must get out so I decided a nice 4 mile hike after work would do the trick. And I was hoping for lots of blooming brittle bush. I don't think I've hiked this particular lasso cclockwise so thought I would do that today:
Lost Dog Trail Access to Lost Dog to Ringtail to Old Jeep to Lost Dog.

Lots of elderly people out and about. A few bike riders, a couple horseback riders (I think one of the horses was new to the city trail as he kept a good eye on me when I was behind; I tried to stay in his peripheral vision cuz I could see he was having issues) and a few other hikers were out as well. There was brittlebush blooming finally as I came up the south side of the Ringtail trail and some more for the rest of the way except not as much on Lost Dog. There were a few hedgehogs blooming and lots of creosote and some chuparosa.

The trail is in good shape altho there were two areas on a couple of the hills that it looks like they had to fill in some rock. But how nice was it to hike on a real trail after two weekends of cross country? VERY nice.

PS I did stop for short moments to take pics with Kemosabe and a couple times had to reset Route Manager.

chuparosa and brittlebush is blooming, hedgehogs are starting
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Attended biomimicry hike today. Got there early and did kovach trail first. Day is windy but beautiful. The parking lot and beginning are of the trail is always windy to me like venturi effect.
This is my second hike as an assistant to assist the leader. Now I have graduated to be an assistant on any of the hikes. :D
There is a FB page for MSP stewards. I post my patrol hikes there with a few photos. Today I was approached by the team lead for patrol. She wanted to know if i take the pictures my self or if i copy and paste from internet :o She likes my photos but wanted the credit to go to the original :lol: . I do take photos myself for anyone out there that has that question. I can honestly say, no one has ever asked me that question before :)
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My usual trip to Tucson was filled with nice periodic rain, so I kept heading north until I could get a break in the storm for a hike. I ended up doing Sunrise from 128th street, and the weather was great. Got to the trailhead a bit before 5 and started off. I saw 4 hikers early on, and then nobody after the first 15 minutes or so. I got on and off sprinkles for most of the hike, but never enough to need my rain jacket. Took a nice break on top to enjoy the views and then headed back down. I decided to check out the 136th street spur instead of heading back the way I came, this trail was probably my favorite on this mountain. Very faint trail with some nice bouldering spots, I will have to make this my next ascent. Light was failing and I scrambled up onto the neighborhood street and took Larkspur back to where the van was parked. Some mighty expensive houses up here...
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Well I had three hours to kill in between doctors appointments and decided to squeeze in a little hike. I had planned on Lost Dog wash but the trailhead is closed. So I head up to the Ringtail trail. The temperature was nice but humid. I got a few sprinkles in the beginning and then again as I was finishing.
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Lost Dog - Old Jeep - Ringtail - Lost Dog
finally on the last legs of being sick, had to get out after work, looking for wildflowers.
    People count 5, lizards 3, bike rider 1, squirrel 1, silly wabbit 1, bitty garter snake 1, wildflower 1 if you don't count brittlebush.
Disappointing, so it became just a hike; but I did take a bit of video; okay a lot (didn't start narrating until Old Jeep). It was somewhat warm and the sun was in and out amongst the flat broken layer of clouds. The brittlebush added some liveliness to the hike up to the Taliesin Overlook. I took Scout II along for the ride too ](*,) but I don't think there's much point in doing that anymore for established trails and no side excursions. (Thank you Garmin Oregon 450; I love wasting my time and money.)

At the Overlook, even though your view is of the city, it is still rather striking to have it all laying out there right in front of you. I checked my heart rate after walking around a bit and was not happy that it was still high. Oh well. Hopefully that will change soon! I moved Scout II back in my backpack and headed off to the Old Jeep Trail. I like this part of the hike as you go up and down a couple drainages. At the one big drainage/wash you can definitely see the road/trail has been effected by our winter rain.

The temps started to cool now as I came up the Ringtail Trail to top out above the area. This is a pretty part too I think. It's still quite green even if the brittlebush blooms are starting to fade. Before completing the hike I went around one of the two small loops of the Interpretive Trail that I believe is being dedicated at the end of the month. The signs are scheduled to go in this winter.

A couple videos:
from Lost Dog to Taliesin to Old Jeep -
Old Jeep to Ringtail to Lost Dog and Interpretive -
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Great weather for a hike, and the lot was popular too. I ended up running most of it, especially the last section. Went toward the Summit Trail first, then Old Jeep, to Taliesin Overlook. I came back on Lost Dog to RIngtail Trail and then back down via the Summit Trail back. Great exercise, although I tried new insoles and my feet got 3 or 4 blisters.

I forgot how scenic this section of MSP is….
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My daughter had a play date and dropped her off at her friend's house around 10am. Lost dog TH is close by so decided to go there. I did it a couple of year's ago and somehow managed not to enter triplog :o . It was very windy throughout the hike. Steady flow of hikers and some bikers made it feel like I was not alone. Not much wildlife to speak of. I photographed a new bird for me but it came out too blurry.
Saw a artificial saguaro cactus at Ringtail TH. I see those in north Scottsdale too. Anyone know what their purpose is?

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