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Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,584 feet
Elevation Gain 137 feet
Accumulated Gain 137 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.36
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4  2019-05-27
Lost Dog Sunrise Paradise Loop
14  2019-02-23
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog Trailhead
7  2017-09-23
McDowell Mountain Loop
26  2017-03-23
Lost Dog Loop
6  2016-03-08
Ringtail - Old Jeep - Lost Dog
15  2016-01-13
Lost Dog Sunrise and A-K
8  2015-12-06 New2hyk
9  2015-10-17 New2hyk
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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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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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Lost Dog to Andrews-Kinsey
Saw my first rattler!

To be technical, I saw my first rattler during my HAZ era, i.e., since living in the Phoenix area after moving here from Tucson 19 years ago. I encountered a few during my Tucson hiking days, including a few by the house I grew up in. It was a small little bugger, and it was not happy about being right next to the trail where several hikers were gawking at it. I took a few photos from about 10 feet away, which was the exact distance at which its rattle went off. Backing away, it muted. 10 foot mark, off the rattle went. Pretty amazing.

Lots of wildflowers out there. I photographed a bird I couldn't recognize that hopefully someone can tag for me.

Hiked from the Lost Dog TH up to the border with Fountain Hills Preserve and back, primarily to knock out some more All-Trails Challenge segments.

Pictures to come.
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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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72 hours after 'setting' arthropod fall traps I was part of a team of 3 that revisited the site to collect. This entails pouring 70% ethyl alcohol into the solo cup that has been in the ground with the rim at surface level. We then pour the contents into small glass jars. The jars are sent to a lab at ASU to be analyzed. This project is in it's 3rd year of 20 years. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is supplying volunteer hours.
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I'm working with @Sun_Ray to develop an "All Trails Club" designation for MSC Stewards -- a program to encourage the 500+ stewards to know the trails better and explore the newer ones. Also hoping to influence some to track their progress here on HAZ.

So I typed up a list of all 133 miles of MSP trails and checked off the ones I've done, and I was shocked to find that I had not ever been on Old Jeep Trail. So I've made a list of the little bits and pieces of the Preserve that I haven't done to put on my 2015 resolution list.

In the boring spirit of checking things off a list - afterwards I parked at Anasazi Elementary (ok to do on the weekends) and took some of the access trails to get to the trailhead. Feels ridiculous to walk on a sidewalk basically to Via Linda on the "Lost Dog Wash Access Trail" but it's really a neighborhood access trail. I question whether this land is really in the Preserve and should be "counted" in the total mileage, but all the signs on the trail are from City of Scottsdale. To get a straight answer would take a dozen emails and not worth it.

Old Jeep Trail is pretty remote feeling but very, very rocky. A little unpleasant like Levee Trail. But nice to not see any houses. There's a peekaboo view of Camelback Mountain from the highest point on Old Jeep Trail.

Happy holidays to everyone!!! : rein : : rein : : rein : : rein :
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Working on project with McDowell Sonoran Concervancy ground dwelling orthropod project. Set 40 'drop trap' cups...solo cups set in ground to ground level. Bugs fall into cup and can't get out. A group of us will return Monday (72 hours later) to collect. Conservancy is assisting with this ASU science project.
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What a great May afternoon to take a hike. I took the Lost Dog to Old Jeep to Ringtail to Lost Dog for a wonderful loop! There were lots of blooming sahuaros but really not much else. Ahh, but you could hear the bees. I was walking on Old Jeep and all of a sudden heard this loud instense buzzing sound; I couldn't see the bees but I was frightened so I decided to do a stage right and start running. Fortunately the sound dissapated quickly as I guess they were just crossing the trail and wanted me to get out of their way. And then I thot, what is someone supposed to do if you run into a bunch of bees? Is running the best? and then which way?

Anyway, there was a nice breeze blowing for a good portion of the hike which kept those gnats off of me. I saw lots of quail but they are so darn skittish, I couldn't really get a picture. So I am even more amazed I was able to get a picture of that quail in the tree back on Apr 1st. The lizards were also skittish today so no pictures of them either.
But, I did get a picture of an animal. I couldn't tell what it was because I was at quite a distance so I just kept shooting and then it finally moved enough that I could see it was a squirrel. I also saw a lightning fast chipmunk. Wow could it book! I did get a couple bird pictures and a rabbit. There was this one really big rabbit that was off the trail but he didn't want his portrait done today. And then up on Old Jeep, there were two very unusual birds that I had never seen or heard before. They were medium in size with a white band on each of their wings. I tried to get a picture but they were pretty far away.

The sky was beautiful today with those puffy clouds we don't get much of here in the Valley of the Sun. What surprised me most was there wasn't anyone on most of the trail. Such a shame for a great day; although I'm not complaining as I like my solitude out there with nature. It did get windy toward the end and it amazes me how those big monstrous sahuaros actually sway in the wind.

And after reviewing my pictures, this is a day I am glad I took too many as they turned out great because of the clouds and lighting and deep blue of the sky. I was also experimenting toward the end with the exposure as I was told by a fellow photographer that for bright days, you should take your exposure level down one or two so I presume it would be the opposite for dusk.

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