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Ringtail Trail - MSP - 21 members in 83 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 10 2013
neilends
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 Guides 8
 Routes 16
 Photos 183
 Triplogs 144

49 male
 Joined Jan 29 2008
 Paradise Valley/
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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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
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Mar 08 2013
John9L
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 Guides 6
 Routes 174
 Photos 5,294
 Triplogs 1,639

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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Hippy
Tough_Boots
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 372
 Photos 8,276
 Triplogs 1,006

51 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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 Guides 1
 Routes 9
 Photos 4,932
 Triplogs 3,979

64 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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Dec 10 2012
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 9
 Routes 392
 Photos 4,860
 Triplogs 3,264

63 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 736
 Triplogs 3,637

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 21 2012
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 9
 Routes 392
 Photos 4,860
 Triplogs 3,264

63 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 736
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40 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
 Routes 77
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 407

56 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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 Photos 29,576
 Triplogs 1,153

66 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
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Fountain Lake
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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

63 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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only had time for a quick one today, lost dog,ringtail, sunrise back to 124th st.
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Jan 22 2012
rally_toad
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 Guides 22
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 Photos 512
 Triplogs 450

31 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 CA
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 8,199
 Triplogs 1,944

70 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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Wildflowers Observation Light
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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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Oct 22 2010
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,637

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking6.75 Miles 836 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   5.63 mph
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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 26
 Routes 377
 Photos 7,633
 Triplogs 575

52 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
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.90 Miles 261 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles
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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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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Mar 12 2010
Crzy4AZ
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48 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 26
 Routes 377
 Photos 7,633
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52 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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39 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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