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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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Jan 22 2012
rally_toad
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 Guides 21
 Routes 4
 Photos 512
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29 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 Boulder City, NV
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2012
rally_toad
Hiking4.40 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
380 ft AEG
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Did a loop today with Lost Dog wash trail, Old Jeep Trail, and Ringtail trail. Calculated it to be around 4.4 miles using preserve maps. Some nice desert up in the McDowells.
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Apr 10 2011
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 7,416
 Triplogs 1,836

68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2011
AZLOT69
Hiking5.20 Miles 685 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.60 mph
685 ft AEG
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Busy day on the trail.
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Apr 03 2011
AHOTE
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 Photos 32
 Triplogs 470

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 Joined Nov 05 2006
 Chandler, AZ
McDowell Sunrise TH to Toms Thumb North, AZ 
McDowell Sunrise TH to Toms Thumb North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2011
AHOTE
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,382 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   3.19 mph
4,382 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Oct 22 2010
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 728
 Triplogs 2,976

39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2010
Booneman
Hiking6.75 Miles 836 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   5.63 mph
836 ft AEG
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Hike/Light Jog on the Ringtail, Lost Dog, and Old Jeep Trail
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Aug 22 2010
DarthStiller
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 Guides 17
 Routes 243
 Photos 6,112
 Triplogs 445

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2010
DarthStiller
Hiking10.30 Miles 920 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.38 mph
920 ft AEG
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Got an early start and did a quick hike in the morning in this area before it got too hot. I had never hiked the Old Jeep Trail or parts of the Ringtail Trail before, so I did those on the way back and knocked them off my list. Very early there were some puddles left from the monsoon storms the night before. The soil was pretty moist everywhere and not as dusty as it normally is this time of year. Nice breezes on the higher parts of the trails.
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Apr 10 2010
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,588
 Triplogs 595

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2010
Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.90 Miles 261 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles
261 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful wildflowers although the ocotillo really caught my attention. Caroline hiked in her PJ's and green jelly shoes. We had lunch at Lost Dog Overlook - no shade but we found a few rocks to sit on. The Lost Dog Wash trailhead was overflowing with cars. It's nice to be able to park at 128th Street - the maps all say limited parking, but really there's room for a couple dozen cars. No water or bathrooms at 128th parking though.
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Ocotillo
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Mar 12 2010
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,588
 Triplogs 595

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2010
Crzy4AZ
Hiking1.89 Miles 375 AEG
Hiking1.89 Miles      45 Mns   2.52 mph
375 ft AEG
 
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Quick little loop. Started from Ringtail parking on 128th street to Sunrise to Anasazi spur then back to parking. Great weather.
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Feb 22 2009
DarthStiller
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 Guides 17
 Routes 243
 Photos 6,112
 Triplogs 445

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking2.80 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.31 mph
300 ft AEG
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I went out with the family and our married friends Rafael and Tamara and their boys Noah and Ardee. From the Lost Dog Wash TH we took the Anasazi Spur up to the junction with the Ringtail Trail and made our way back down that way to the parking lot. This was the longest hike so far for my kids. My daughter Natasha walked the whole way (she got carried maybe a few hundred feet) and my son Dmitri needed to be carried about a half mile on my shoulders. The time listed includes at 15-20 break at the trail junction so the kids could rest. The weather was nice with the overcast sky keeping the temps moderate. Some sun broke thru here and there, allowing for a few decent pics of the McDowells.
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Feb 21 2009
midnightwaps
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 38
 Triplogs 19

37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2009
midnightwaps
Hiking2.40 Miles
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour      2.40 mph
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I hadn't been to McDowell before and I thought the dog and I could give this a try. It was an extremely easy hike. We took the Lost Dog trail to the Ring Trail and just followed the signs to make it a loop. The beginning of the hike was pretty crowded with people but once we got going we only saw a few people for the rest of the hike. As we got going we had some lovely scenic views and there was tons of cholla. So much that my dog got some stuck to his foot and it took me some effort to get it off without getting it stuck to me as well. After about 1 mile there was a sign directing us back to the parking lot indicating 1.6 miles. We took that fork and the views changed to looking at houses instead of mountains. A good portion of the trail at this point was along side roads. The trail was slightly downhill and then leveled out to be very flat. It was such an easy hike that I don't think I would do it quite that way again. There are several other trails that I think would offer more varied hiking and I'd like to try them out. Weather was really nice today!
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May 06 2008
tibber
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 Guides 21
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 Photos 25,759
 Triplogs 851

64 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.
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Mar 04 2008
davidanthonypo
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 Photos 77
 Triplogs 41

63 male
 Joined Nov 19 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2008
davidanthonyporter
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   1.84 mph
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Our first hike on this trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve. This is a very easy hike with very little AEG. The gain that is there presents itself with very gradual slope. The only raise to your heartbeat will likely be a few ravines to climb in and out of.

This would make for a beautiful Sunday stroll for beginning hikers. Lot of barrel cactus. Very few flowers.

The trail is technically 2.26 miles long. Rather than turn around and hike back, we made a loop by connecting to the Lost Dog trail. This made the total distance somewhere around three miles.
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Feb 10 2008
amnestic_arts
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 Photos 6
 Triplogs 1

52 male
 Joined Mar 06 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2008
amnestic_arts
Hiking2.25 Miles
Hiking2.25 Miles
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This turned out to be a great opportunity for photos, especially as the sun set, and lit up the wisps of cloud along the horizon.
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Hedgehog Cactus
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