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Ringtail Trail - MSP - 16 members in 72 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 11 2014
chumley
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 Guides 75
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 Photos 13,476
 Triplogs 1,440

46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2014
chumley
Hiking5.10 Miles 568 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.89 mph
568 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Lee wanted to break in some new boots and I wanted to get out of the house for a couple of hours. Our original plan to go to Ben Avery for some fine-tuning will have to wait.

Glad I did this one at night. Might otherwise be the most boring terrain ever.
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Mar 31 2014
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 349
 Photos 4,205
 Triplogs 2,670

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.36 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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1st trip
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yesterday mt98dew mentioned the mapped area feature
looked at the 15 phoenix/valley peaks and saw that i was missing this one
not much different than starting from 124th street
felt like a slacker not doing the over and back ;)
saw maybe a dozen people out
very nice morning
still quite a bit of dust in the air
split the difference between tibber's official track and the description stats
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Mar 24 2014
juliachaos
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 Routes 37
 Photos 2,160
 Triplogs 627

37 female
 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2014
juliachaos
Hiking2.00 Miles 379 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
379 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Short hike after work.
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Feb 03 2014
Dave1
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 Routes 29
 Photos 1,548
 Triplogs 1,802

43 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2014
Dave1
Hiking27.00 Miles 6,400 AEG
Hiking27.00 Miles
6,400 ft AEG
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Did a circumnavigation of McDowell Preserve. Add Promenade Trail and Sonoran Trail in Fountain Hills. Cold and windy on top of East End Summit. Got sprinkled on a little on the Dixie Mine trail. The tailing pile from Dixie Mine is huge! That must be some hole, too bad its gated. Had to cut through some gated 'hoods to complete the hike.
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Jan 29 2014
John9L
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 Guides 6
 Routes 170
 Photos 4,848
 Triplogs 1,619

male
 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2014
John9L
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,397 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   3.51 mph
1,397 ft AEG
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Dec 26 2013
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 349
 Photos 4,205
 Triplogs 2,670

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.06 Miles 659 AEG
Hiking5.06 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   3.30 mph
659 ft AEG
 
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rehab hike
lost dog wash to the overlook, then jeep and ringtail trails on the way back
quite a few hikers and some mountain bikers out on the trails on this nice afternoon
kind of a long drive for a short hike, but i needed something different
will post my track if anyone is interested in this loop
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Oct 14 2013
Nightstalker
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 Routes 73
 Photos 5,450
 Triplogs 704

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2013
Nightstalker
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,560 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.43 mph
1,560 ft AEG      30 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Did Sunrise Peak from 145th street trail head to the Ringtail Trail to 128th Street trail head. Followed Via Linda back to 145th street trail head.

Great 360 degree views from the peak. Surprisingly easy 1200 ft ascent to the top. Nice trail down to Lost Dog / Ringtail. Hike back on Via Linda could have been worse, but was worth it to make a loop.
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Apr 14 2013
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 349
 Photos 4,205
 Triplogs 2,670

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.80 Miles 705 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.48 mph
705 ft AEG
 
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meant to get out right after work this morning, but due to feeling a little run down and forgetting to pack my hiking shoes, i opted for a nap
decided on this mellow loop for an afternoon hike instead
lost dog to taliesin overlook, then took the jeep trail to ringtail to anazasi spur
hadn't been on this part of ringtail before, and frankly it wasn't that exciting
saw two brown lizards and a roadrunner
ocotillos are blooming
although i had bigger plans today, this hike was what i needed
nice and warm, good breeze
saw maybe 15 people out mid afternoon
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Mar 23 2013
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,617
 Triplogs 596

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
Crzy4AZ
Hiking1.83 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking1.83 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   1.74 mph
372 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
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Short walk to check out wildflowers. I carried George and Caroline walked while identifying wildflowers with her book.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Mar 10 2013
neilends
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 Guides 8
 Routes 16
 Photos 182
 Triplogs 140

47 male
 Joined Jan 29 2008
 Scottsdale
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2013
neilends
Hiking2.30 Miles 379 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
379 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was the perfect low key, flat, relaxing stroll I was looking for to fit with my fiancee's needs, who had limited time that day and didn't want a challenging hike. The trail features expansive views of the mountains, and goes through a particularly lush area of cholla cactus growth (no dangers, the trail is very well-developed). The route is well-marked with signage, in addition to which you are almost always within view of a neighboring residential neighborhood and school.
Flora
Flora
Ocotillo
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Mar 08 2013
John9L
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 Guides 6
 Routes 170
 Photos 4,848
 Triplogs 1,619

male
 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2013
John9L
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,282 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,282 ft AEG
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Quick night hike with Haley and Kyle. We timed it just right and didn't get any rain. It poured on the drive home.
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Mar 02 2013
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 345
 Photos 7,085
 Triplogs 832

50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2013
BiFrost
Hiking16.80 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking16.80 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.52 mph
4,800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
We had the goal in mind to do the full length of the McDowell's and decided on south to north. So we started at the Sunrise TH and with a fast trail we made good time up and over Sunset Peak and down to the Ringtail Trail. From there we took the Old Jeep Trail through the Lost Dog area which was nicer than we thought it would be. The trail traverses along several wash crossings and each one had some poppies....the flowers are starting to come out :) We continued over to the Lost Dog Trail where it ends at the beginning of the Quartz Trail.

We took the Quartz Trail over to Paradise Trail and eventually to Bell Pass Trail. The Quartz and Paradise Trail are not the most exciting as it meanders through the housing development even though it's still on desert trail. Fortunately the section is short and makes its way back into the main part of the preserve. We continued on the Paradise Trail over to Bell Pass Trail and then up to Bell Pass....more poppies on this section. It was on the Bell Pass Trail steep sections that we were reminded summer is coming :sweat:

From Bell Pass it was down to the Windmill junction and then up East End Trail to the Tom's Thumb Trail. As usual the Tom's Thumb area is awesome and probably the best part of the McDowell's. After a short break on top we headed down to the Tom's Thumb TH to the vehicle we left earlier that morning.
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Dec 22 2012
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Quartz Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2012
johnlp
Hiking11.20 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles
1,840 ft AEG
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1st trip
Haven't done much hiking in this part of the McDowells, just Sunrise Peak. Stopped by the Taliesin Overlook and the quartz outcropping along the way. Climbed up the waterfall at the end of the trail and kept going for a while. Took the Old Jeep trail and Ringtail on the way back for a partial loop.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Dec 10 2012
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 349
 Photos 4,205
 Triplogs 2,670

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2012
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.88 Miles 716 AEG
Hiking5.88 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.60 mph
716 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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early afternoon hike on mellow trails with nice desert views and long stretches of solitude
lost dog to taliesin overlook, then to the intersection with quartz
on the way back up toward the overlook, i startled 10-12 deer
after bolting, they stood on the hillside staring at me
we'll see if my pictures turned out
took the old jeep and ringtail trails back
very pleasant hike
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Mule Deer
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Oct 21 2012
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 728
 Triplogs 3,035

39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog12.36 Miles 977 AEG
Run/Jog12.36 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   7.73 mph
977 ft AEG
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Sep 03 2012
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 349
 Photos 4,205
 Triplogs 2,670

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2012
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   3.06 mph
500 ft AEG
 
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have a friend in town, so we chose lost dog wash this morning
took the jeep trail and ringtail trail back to lost dog for a little extra
followed the hike with lunch at inn and out burger, since they don't have one in omaha ;)
estimating mileage and aeg
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May 06 2012
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 728
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog9.15 Miles 1,423 AEG
Run/Jog9.15 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   7.42 mph
1,423 ft AEG
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Just when you think you've seen it all... there was a young couple riding Segways on the trails. Can someone explain this to me??

From there I ran the Ringtail trail to Sunrise Peak, down Sunrise trail and back to the Lost Dog trailhead on the Via Linda spur trail.
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Apr 18 2012
paulshikleejr
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 Guides 20
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 Photos 542
 Triplogs 407

54 male
 Joined Feb 02 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2012
paulshikleejr
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My hike of this trail is accounted for in my triplog called "Lost Dog Ringtail Sunrise Anazasi Loop, AZ" of April 18, 2012. This triplog has been made solely for the purpose of documenting my progress in experiencing the trails shown in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Mapped Area .
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Feb 29 2012
tibber
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 Guides 21
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2012
tibber
Hiking7.75 Miles 1,576 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles   3 Hrs      2.77 mph
1,576 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Once again, a hike :DANCE: instead of a spin/strength class at the Club. Those can wait for hotter days. After work (3PM) I drove to Lost Dog TH with the intent of doing a route I hadn't done in a few years (Lost Dog, Old Jeep, Ringtail, Lost Dog). However, when I got to the junction with Ringtail, I decided to change my route and do it the opposite way. And then when I got to the junction with Old Jeep or Ringtail to Sunrise Peak, I eyed the Peak and thot:
    since the temperature is so cool I should go for the harder traverse and head over to Sunrise Peak.
    this would be a good warm-up for the Black Top Mesa hike I am doing this weekend.
    and I avoided a part of the rocky trail from the Lost Dog TH to Sunrise Trail.

I consulted the map to determine mileage since it was 3:45PM and figured I could be to Sunrise Peak in time to see the fountain :) . So off I went enjoying the Ringtail trail which took me further west than I thot before joining up with the junction at 128th St and Sunrise Trail. So far, in that mile and 1/2, I was the only person on the trail but I did see two rabbits. I would see few people today.

As I headed up, I saw two hikers stopped alongside the trail, a biker and a hiker coming down toward the top before the first saddle, and two other hikers coming down as I got toward the second saddle. Lately on this trail, I have been so surprised at how alone I am on a city trail. I did see a little garter snake laying across the trail but as soon as he saw me get my camera out, he skidaddled. I was the only one at the Peak (that 1/4 mile-a little more than 250 feet straight up :sweat: is a doozy too) where I stopped and rested for a few minutes as I got there 10 minutes early. I took some zoom photos but it was quite a hazy day.

It was a bit chilly (mostly due to the breezy conditions) so I headed back down and tried to keep up a pretty good pace after a wardrobe adjustment. The most disappointing thing is my feet kept bumping into the trail and I was stumbling a lot :o . I have never done that before; it was very frustrating ](*,) . I tried to really pick up my right foot as it seemed to be the most out of control but then soon my left foot joined in this silly game. So I concentrated on the old heel-toe method of hiking and pretty much stayed level for the last mile and 1/2.

I did take a minor detour in one of the washes as what looked like a cave got my attention. The water has done quite a job of erosion at the area I investigated but it wasn't a cave. You'll have to see the photo to appreciate the bank that has now been created.

It was so chilly on the way back that my nose was even running and I had to turn the heat on in Tonto to get warm. I did get to see that big old ball of fire set below the horizon though so that was kind of cool.

Oh, I almost forgot. We have a new resident at our office complex and since I had my camera, I took a video of the owl: http://youtu.be/b8qTLkvEDtc
Fauna
Fauna
Great Horned Owl
Named place
Named place
Fountain Lake
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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.
Feb 10 2012
dround
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 Photos 15
 Triplogs 27

61 male
 Joined Jul 15 2010
 Gilbert,az
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2012
dround
Hiking2.25 Miles
Hiking2.25 Miles   1 Hour      2.25 mph
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1st trip
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only had time for a quick one today, lost dog,ringtail, sunrise back to 124th st.
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average hiking speed 2.43 mph
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