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Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSP - 10 members in 53 triplogs have rated this an average 2.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 23 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,758 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   3.08 mph
2,758 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
What a magical hike this turned out to be -- it's rare to see snow-capped peaks in the McDowell Mountains!

I thought about going out to the Supes to check out the winter wonderland, but opted to stay closer to home instead.

We started at the Lost Dog Wash TH, and went up to Sunrise Peak. When we got back to the hitching post, instead of going directly back to the TH, we took the Andrews-Kinsey Trail over to the Fountain Hills Preserve, where we took the Western Loop Trail up and over Peak 3098. There seemed to be 4-5 inches of snow up on 3098.

My feet got really wet on the way over to Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098. I'm glad we went early in the morning though: by mid-afternoon a lot of the snow had melted, especially on the south side of the mountains.

The views of the Mazzies were awesome -- they looked like a Colorado mountain range!
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Oct 15 2017
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2017
jochal
Hiking6.00 Miles 440 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
440 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Sep 23 2017
BiFrost
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 Photos 8,261
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ 
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
BiFrost
Hiking33.05 Miles 6,356 AEG
Hiking33.05 Miles   13 Hrs      2.76 mph
6,356 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Cooler temps made desert hiking an option this weekend with high of only 85. We wanted something close to town so decided on long loop in the McDowell Mountain Preserve and McDowell Regional Park. Starting from Lost Dog Wash TH and over to Sunrise Peak to start the loop. Then down Andrew Kinsey Trail to the Sonoran Trail and the backside of the McDowell’s. Sonoran hooks into Dixie Mine Trail and then Prospector Trail to Windmill and Coachwhip in McDowell Regional Park. Coachwhip to Pemberton over to Boulder Trail and Marcus Landslide to Tom’s Thumb TH. We staged a vehicle at the Tom’s Thumb with cold drinks and snacks for recharge.

After nice break we headed up Tom’s Thumb Trail crossing over to Gateway side and picking up the Gateway Loop Trail. Took another break on Gateway Saddle before picking up Bell Pass Trail to Paradise Trail. Paradise goes through the neighborhood but links with Quartz and over to Taliesin. Eventually made it back to Lost Dog Wash Trail and the trailhead as it was getting dark. Long day but the trails in MSP and MMRP are all great quality so that made it much easier.
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Sep 23 2017
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ 
McDowell Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
slowandsteady
Hiking33.05 Miles 6,356 AEG
Hiking33.05 Miles   13 Hrs      2.76 mph
6,356 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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1st trip
Just keep walking.....
Missed the cutoff to get out of the parking lot by 30 minutes.
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Mar 23 2017
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2017
tibber
Hiking4.35 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.31 mph
578 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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 ]
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
mostly Brittlebush, some lupine and desert chicory, hedgehogs, chuparosa
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Mar 08 2016
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail - Old Jeep - Lost Dog, AZ 
Ringtail - Old Jeep - Lost Dog, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2016
tibber
Hiking4.27 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking4.27 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.05 mph
575 ft AEG
 
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.
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chuparosa and brittlebush is blooming, hedgehogs are starting
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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.
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Jan 13 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Dog Sunrise and A-K, AZ 
Lost Dog Sunrise and A-K, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.77 Miles 1,394 AEG
Hiking7.77 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.56 mph
1,394 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
1st trip
A quick, almost eight mile out-and-back hike from Lost Dog TH to Sunrise Tr, and then to about half of Andrews-Kinsey Tr.
We were the first in the parking lot at 7:55 AM, and we had a cold and very windy start. The trails were totally empty for the ‘out’ portion of the hike.

The wind cleared out all the haze that’s usually visible in the Valley of the Sun. However, once the wind stopped and it warmed up a bit, the haze started to return to the valley. More hikers came out to play also.

As usual, the Scottsdale preserve trails are in great shape, with just a few more rocks accumulated on the first portion of the Sunrise Tr. We also noticed a hint of erosion from our rains last week. No big deal though.

It was a nice morning hike with, “Mike - The Rehab the Hip” guy. He and his bionic hips did just fine.
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Dec 23 2015
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.20 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.95 mph
460 ft AEG
 
Parked at 128th Street trailhead. Did a loop up to Lost Dog Overlook and back around. Rained off/on - kind of cold but not too bad.
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Dec 06 2015
New2hyk
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55 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2015
New2hyk
Hiking3.50 Miles 137 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
137 ft AEG
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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 photographer....lol :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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Oct 17 2015
New2hyk
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55 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2015
New2hyk
Hiking2.00 Miles 137 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
137 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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As a new MSP steward, attended an orientation to lead 'hike' in msp. Stayed afterwards and did the kovach trail as i have not done that before. Day is very windy and cloudy. Saw a baby kestrel.
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May 08 2015
neilends
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49 male
 Joined Jan 29 2008
 Paradise Valley/
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2015
neilends
Hiking2.30 Miles 288 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
288 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Apr 01 2015
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from Lost Dog, AZ 
Sunrise Peak from Lost Dog, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2015
BiFrost
Hiking6.44 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.95 mph
1,443 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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slowandsteady
Sunrise Peak from Lost Dog TH after work.
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Apr 01 2015
slowandsteady
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Sunrise Peak from Lost Dog, AZ 
Sunrise Peak from Lost Dog, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking6.44 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.95 mph
1,443 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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1st trip
lots of Sunrise talk lately, so had to go do it
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Mar 07 2015
neilends
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49 male
 Joined Jan 29 2008
 Paradise Valley/
Lost Dog to Andrews-Kinsey, AZ 
Lost Dog to Andrews-Kinsey, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
neilends
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,274 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles
3,274 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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Feb 03 2015
kwinters311
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2015
kwinters311
Hiking6.50 Miles 137 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   4.02 mph
137 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
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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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Dec 22 2014
Sun_Ray
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73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2014
Sun_Ray
Hiking4.67 Miles 256 AEG
Hiking4.67 Miles
256 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
Dec 21 2014
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Old Jeep Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking4.90 Miles 546 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
546 ft AEG
 
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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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Dec 19 2014
Sun_Ray
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73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking4.67 Miles 256 AEG
Hiking4.67 Miles
256 ft AEG
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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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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Oct 29 2014
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2014
Charger55
Hiking4.10 Miles 379 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs      2.05 mph
379 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was an experiment. Wednesday mornings are my Fridays and I've been toying with the idea of a weekly after work hike. I came up to the McDowells to see if they would make a good hangout spot. Unfortunately rush hour traffic and heavy construction on the 101 means I'll have to look elsewhere on Wednesday mornings.
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Oct 10 2014
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Lost Dog Wash - Jeep - RingTail Trails, AZ 
Lost Dog Wash - Jeep - RingTail Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking6.22 Miles 778 AEG
Hiking6.22 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.96 mph
778 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Found a Turtle on the Lost Dog Wash Trail.

Hadn't hiked with him in ages and we did something that'd be easy on the Turtle's knee.

Perfect weather. Lots out enjoying the day!

Thanks Denny...
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