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Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin Overlook - 30 members in 178 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 19 2008
alexandy
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 Joined Oct 21 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2008
alexandy
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.96 mph
380 ft AEG
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Nice stroll in the desert on a cool day.
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Nov 29 2008
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.64 mph
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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
Nov 29 2008
amazgrac
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64 female
 Joined Oct 29 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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amazgrac
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.64 mph
380 ft AEG
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Oct 24 2008
OhOh7
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85 male
 Joined Dec 11 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2008
OhOh7
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   3 Hrs      1.47 mph
380 ft AEG
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What a summer! After my brother's suicide (pretty well confirmed now) and my wife's death I had turned away from hiking for obvious emotional reasons. Then Labor Day, the big surprise, at the corner of Goldfield and Superstition roads when a man towing a 16 foot trailer with off road vehicles tried to beat me across the intersection. He had a stop sign and I did not. Fortunately I had slowed because I knew that intersection was very dangerous so I was going less than 30 mph at the time but could not avoid smacking him between the cab and trailer. (Bear with me-in a minute I will get to some hikes)

The air bags went off in my Cherokee and I thought I had died right there. Basically I slammed him amidships. My black Cherokee was totaled with the front end a mess and the right side all smashed in when I tried to avoid the crash. Anyway, air bags hurt when they hit your chest! I climbed out of the Cherokee and was really shaken up. The officer that arrived a but later asked me some questions and I have no idea what they were. Later this was straightened out in court.

My chest, right leg and back were hurting. Fortunately Andy lives nearby and came and took the dogs I had and then drove me home. The next day I had to be taken to the hospital with the various pains. Fortunately they found a bruised sternum, right leg and back. Nothing terribly serious.

Now the question—could I hike? After dealing with insurance companies night and day a few weeks later I joined Andy and Kathleen to do all the new trails on Silly Mountain.. When we got to the lower saddle we followed the trail and continued east around the final hill—some bushwhacking required-before we rejoined the regular trail system. This meant that our total distance was just about 4 miles. The actual trail system is just a bit over 2.5 miles. Of course I was on some pain killers for my back and leg BUT, I made it!

So, October 16 I joined Stephenie at Jacob's Crosscut to see how that would feel with much less medication. Maybe to go to the pinnacles .After a mile (to the shortcut to the pinnacles) I had to turn around. Not ready yet for a regular hike..Back and legs not up to the task. Did the 2 miles anyway.

Now to the hike at hand----several had talked about the Lost Dog Wash to the Taliesin Overlook.. It did not look too steep so Andy and I tried it. Total up and back is 4.4 miles and it is a very nice hike. It slowly climbs up toward the overlook with a few ups and downs and a very well kept trail. There are quit a few people who use this trail but we did not feel it was crowded at all. Actually there are several trail patterns one can take so you could go over 12 miles if you wanted to do a shuttle or just wander around.. We chose to go up the Lost Dog Wash to the overlook and then return. Excellent desert foliage from cholla forests to staghorn with a number of trees and saguaros. The various trails are very clearly marked in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Although close to Fountain Hills there are many places where you are quite alone in the mountains. We made it and the up and down route was just enough for my back and legs.

I am not saying I am back into the "hike schedules"but at least I did go 10.2 miles in October after smashing my jeep all to hell!!! Try this area. You will like it. Oh, the court decided I was not at fault at all in the accident!
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Sep 02 2008
apatel
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47 male
 Joined Aug 17 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2008
apatel
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles      56 Mns   4.71 mph
380 ft AEG
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Aug 22 2008
apatel
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47 male
 Joined Aug 17 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2008
apatel
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles      53 Mns   4.98 mph
380 ft AEG
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Jun 02 2008
apatel
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47 male
 Joined Aug 17 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2008
apatel
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   4.13 mph
380 ft AEG
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33 mins out,
31 mins back

little jogging on the return
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May 06 2008
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2008
tibber
Hiking4.90 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.96 mph
380 ft AEG
 
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.
Flora
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Apr 04 2008
AZLOT69
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70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2008
AZLOT69
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs      2.20 mph
380 ft AEG
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Took a break from rush hour traffic. Thanks, I needed that. A nice hike with a view. Great trailhead with facilities.
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Apr 03 2008
davidanthonyporter
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65 male
 Joined Nov 19 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2008
davidanthonyporter
Hiking5.75 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.12 mph
380 ft AEG
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This morning we were back in the McDowell mountains trekking the Lost Dog. We hiked out to the Taliesin Overlook, then came back via the Old Jeep and Ringtail trails. It made for a nice loop.

The Lost Dog section of the trail was very easy hiking in, out and around the wash. Very little cardio effort required. Once we hit the Old Jeep Trail, thankfully, it was a little bit more challenging. Just a bit however.

We when hike I like to make sure that I get at least 1 hour with my heart beating between 122 and 140. This trail only offered me 52 minutes of that in a reasonable walking speed.

Certainly, one might say, that I could just pick up the pace, but then my joints start to give me a LOT of grief. Therefore, we tend to prefer trails that have more elevation challenge than this one.

This is certainly a nice trail for a beginner or perhaps to bring your out of town guests to. It offers some nice views without too much effort.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Apr 01 2008
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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tibber
Hiking5.90 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.57 mph
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I started at 3:45 as this is about 15 mins from work. This is the mileage I figured based on the signs: 2.7 to Taliesin Overlook, .5 back to Old Jeep Trail intersection, 1.4 on the old Jeep Trail to Ringtail Trail and then 1.3 back to the Trailhead via Lost Dog Wash.

What a fun hike! and I got photos of all the critters within the first 40 minutes (bird, lizard, rabbits). What a beautiful trail this time of year with the brittle bush just barely starting to wane. In fact, in some areas I would say a brittle bush gathering runs through it (like A River Runs Through It). And some of the hills and mountains were covered in it. I wasn't sure my camera would pick it up but it did. There was also lupine scatterd about as well as Englemann cactus (hedgehogs). The filtered sun and mixed sky made for great photos too.

You catch views of the Four Peaks and Thompson Peak of course. You could also see the trail up to Sunrise Peak. I ended up hiking longer than I anticipated as I didn't know the exact trail mileage when I initially started. I loved going in and out of the washes and up and around the hills and such. It's just a great hike and the weather was superb.
You can also keep going west from the Taliesin Overlook to the Quartz Trail, over to Paradise and north on to the Gateway Loop area etc, all through the McDowell Preserve... no kidding.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Mar 30 2008
bryanmertz
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49 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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bryanmertz
Hiking6.25 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.95 mph
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Went from Lost Dog Wash TH to the overlook, and then too the quartz outcrop. Lots of people today, and great wildflowers.
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Dec 20 2007
Nilla
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 Joined Mar 23 2008
 
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nilla
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs      2.20 mph
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Done this one dozens of times growing up. It's a great hike. Great for mountain biking too!
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Oct 14 2007
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,146 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.44 mph
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Great weather and a beautiful hike this morning. Left one car at Lost Dog wash trailhead and parked the other at Sunrise lot around 6 am. The Sunrise lot was mostly empty at this time, but around 8 am it was completely full and people were parking down the road at the equestrian parking area.

Went up from Sunrise trailhead and took the short/steep spur to the summit. Clear skies and fantastic 360 views. Came down to Lost Dog. Good workout and not crowded at the early hour.

Chatted with two McDowell Sonoran Conservancy stewards along the trail who are excited about the new trails near Bell/Thompson Peak/Union Hills.
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Oct 13 2007
Four Peaks Bagger
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56 male
 Joined Sep 12 2007
 FountainHills,AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Four Peaks Bagger
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
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Too many bikes, but still an enjoyable hike.
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Sep 06 2007
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   3.11 mph
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Walked up and jogged down after work. Overcast with beautiful shadows. No good sunset photos of Camelback today from the overlook.
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May 25 2007
paulshikleejr
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56 male
 Joined Feb 02 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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paulshikleejr
Hiking3.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.27 mph
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Only did part of the trail.
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Apr 17 2005
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking6.00 Miles 380 AEG
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Went to overlook and then down to intersection with Quartz.

Brittle bush had already peaked but staghorn cholla had pretty blooms.
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