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Old Jeep Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.37 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,021 feet
Elevation Gain 118 feet
Accumulated Gain 133 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.81
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21  2020-12-22
Sunrise Ringtail Jeep - Lost Dog
24  2020-03-04
Lost Old Jeep Ringtail
4  2020-02-02
Lost Dog Jeep Trail Loop
26  2017-03-23
Lost Dog Loop
6  2016-03-08
Ringtail - Old Jeep - Lost Dog
8  2015-12-06
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSP
3  2015-05-09
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine TH
14  2015-03-11
Lost Dog - Old Jeep - Ringtail - Lost Dog
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Author paulshikleejr
author avatar Guides 20
Routes 77
Photos 542
Trips 407 map ( 1,509 miles )
Age 55 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Mar, Jan → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Summer to Late Spring
Sun  5:17am - 7:40pm
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Yes, that is a nice view!
by paulshikleejr

This is a quiet, relatively less used connector trail with its northern terminus at Lost Dog Trail and its southern terminus at Ringtail trail. About 0.77 miles from the northern terminus and 0.60 miles from the southern terminus, there is an informal scenic overlook area I'm calling "Old Jeep Overlook."

Even though this is a relatively easy trail, you will frequently encounter rocky, loose terrain.

This short trail runs between the better known and more frequently used Lost Dog Wash Trail and Ringtail Trail. About 1.58 miles from the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead on the Lost Dog Wash Trail is the northern terminus of the Old Jeep Trail. The Lost Dog Wash Trail "T"s with the Old Jeep Trail heading off and up to the right/east. A short 0.20 mile later, the trail zigs south and head down into a small creekbed. As you ascend up and out of the creekbed, the trail soon zags northward, and an easy 1/6 mile later (all told, 0.48 mile in), you'll reach the highest point of the trail (2,133 ft elevation). There is a teaser view of what you'll be able to see in a few more minutes to the right/south. After that, the trail descends gently for 0.1 miles, after which it hairpins down into another dry creekbed. After bending back and heading up and out, just before turning again to the right/south (all told, 0.68 mile in), you'll find the marker for EM JT1. After a short 0.09 mile later, at (33.61652, -111.81163) is where you hang right and thread your way south quick 0.01 mile south to find a few rocks to sit upon to enjoy the "Old Jeep Overlook." At night, or during the day, you'll be able to see down onto Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Far in the distance, you'll see San Tan Mountain. After returning to the trail, you'll head southeast for a 0.05 mile before the trail bends to run northeast along a dry creekbed for 0.09 mile. Soon, you'll make your way down into the creekbed, and after climbing out (0.11 mile later), the trail heads nearly south for about 1/6 mile before bending slightly to the east (all told, 1.19 miles in). The downward grade you're already on continues south-southeast for another 1/6 mile, and you descend about 109 feet to the southern terminus of the trail at the Ringtail Trail.

Water Sources
There are no water sources along this trail. The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead has a refrigerated drinking fountain.

Camping is not allowed on this trail.

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2014-11-02 paulshikleejr
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    2018 Southern Region
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    2018 Gateway
  • 2018 Tom's Thumb
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    2018 Tom's Thumb

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To hike
Although there are many possible starting points for hikes that can incorporate this trail, it is is usually approached via the Lost Dog Wash Trail or Ringtail Trail. Corresponding trailheads are Lost Dog Wash Trailhead and Ringtail Trailhead.
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