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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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Sep 18 2021
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,044 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.42 mph
1,044 ft AEG
 
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I haven't been to this area or done these trails in over 10 years, so it was time to go back and check it out again. Hiked up the Lost Dog Wash Trail to the Taliesin Overlook, then hiked down to the Taliesin Trail and hiked all of that out to the Westworld Trail and then hiked back. The clouds were intermittent, so that helped keep it from getting too hot. It's definitely less humid now, which definitely makes it more pleasant. Looks like the trailhead has had significant improvements since the last time I was here. No wildlife of any interest seen. Saw more hikers than bikers.
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Feb 28 2021
Nate_F
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49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Quartz Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2021
Nate_F
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,714 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.19 mph
1,714 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Nice hike in the McDowell's this morning to explore a part of the Preserve I haven't been to yet. Nobody in the parking lot when I started at 7:00, but was only 1/4 full when I returned. Added the Taliesin Overlook and Quartz hill for extra as well. Walked all the way to the end of the trail just below Thompson PK. Ends at a nice rock wall that would be spectacular after rains. Saw not many people but 2 mule deer and one dead javelina. Peaceful and serene when you are near the end of the trail. Had my lunch and headed out. Very breezy this morning and no wildflowers.
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Feb 06 2021
AugustWest
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47 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Wander, AZ 
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2021
AugustWest
Hiking10.25 Miles 1,521 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.75 mph
1,521 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Met some friends out here for an early morning hike. Anyone know why 6:54 AM is the time the gate opens? Kinda weird if you ask me (nobody is asking. I know).

We stayed low and wandered up the Quartz Trail to the end. Enjoyed the company, but if I am going to drive out here, Sunrise from 136th St remains my favorite for the Southern McDowell's.

Trails were packed with well meaning people and extra wonderful pooches. Saw a dead javelina in Quartz Wash that is gonna stink by Monday.
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Jan 20 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Adero Super Loop, AZ 
Adero Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking19.40 Miles 3,819 AEG
Hiking19.40 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.92 mph
3,819 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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I was wanting a workout out close to home so I decided to do this one from the Adero Canyon TH. I copied this hike from one that @hikerdw did recently. I followed his route with one exception: when I got to the end of the Promenade Trail I took the Lower Sonoran Trail, whereas @hikerdw took the Sonoran Trail. After about 2 miles the two trails converge at the boundary of the Fountain Hills Preserve and the Maricopa County Preserve. The Lower Sonoran Trail is the easier of the two.

I did a big CCW loop through 3 preserves: the Fountain Hills Preserve; the McDowell Mountain Maricopa County Preserve; and the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve. I never saw anyone in the Fountain Hills or the McDowell Mountain Preserves, but I did see a few folks on the trails in the Scottsdale Preserve, but not too many.

This isn't the most exciting hike in the world, and there was a lot more sun that what I was hoping for -- 19 miles of full sun is a bit much for me. If I do this one again I will pick a cloudy day. The desert is a bit drab now, but hopefully we'll get some rain over the next few days.
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Dec 22 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Ringtail Jeep - Lost Dog, AZ 
Sunrise Ringtail Jeep - Lost Dog, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2020
tibber
Hiking9.05 Miles 1,842 AEG
Hiking9.05 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
1,842 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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It's been over 5 1/2 years since I've done the Peak and usually it was an after-work hike but not today. So how bad is this? I planned the hike so that I could be done by 4:45; in time to enjoy my beer before it got completely dark and then drive to the Thai House to pick up some Pad Thai. Such is the life of my retirement at the moment :lol: .

Off I went and headed up the trail. I had forgotten how rough it is; I get spoiled with my Phoenix Preserve trail tread. I see they have rocked this trail too and added drainages. Seems strange to see all these new drainages in some of the city, county, regional parks I've been hiking. It is a rather long gradual entry up to where the climb actually begins. I encountered a few hikers along the way.

Once you actually start the climb, the trail tread, for the most part, is a lot nicer except for some rocky sections here and there. I more or less like the grade of this climb and I still remembered it. I plodded my way up to the first saddle and noticed the moon to the left of Sunrise Peak so I grabbed a couple pics along with a few more along the way as my foreground changed. I also took pictures of the distant views. It wasn't the best time of day to be taking pictures but I took them anyway. In fact, I ended up taking more pictures than I anticipated but I guess that's usually the case with me 😉 .

When I got to the second saddle I saw the new development below. Since 2015 one portion was finished and the beginnings of an even bigger subdivision has emerged. I also noticed that you can use one of the horseshoes from the railing to center Weavers Needle but it would take manual settings to get the shot. And now it was time for the climb up Sunrise. I think this is one of the easier short and sweet climbs there is of a peak. Just before I got to the top I saw a raven on a rock at the edge so I tried to get a few pictures of it preening and observing. This is when I wish I had my camera.

There were a few people at the top. I made my way over to the eastern edge and sat for a moment to get some photos and re-tie my shoes. I was amused by the Exit sign for the way down. Don't know that I've seen an exit sign on a peak before. On my way down I encountered a few hikers just like I did on the way up. And then it was down the hills I went enjoying the cool air and trying to make decent time so that I could do the full hike I had planned. Once again I encountered hikers and a few bike riders. That has to be a rough trail in spots to ride because of the rockiness.

I took my "stage right" onto the Ringtail Trail which I hadn't been on this side for many years. It has a few little hills and some nice desert landscaping. When I got to the intersection with the Old Jeep Trail and it said 1.8 miles (I think?) I figured I could still do it and be done in time for my 4:45 beer. This is a gradual grade hike up a very rocky road and then two dips with another small dip before you hike slightly downgrade until reaching the intersection with the Lost Dog. Once again there was more trail work here including rock and drainages. I encountered a few sets of hikers and bike riders along the way. I was surprised it was still another 1.8 to the TH as I was hoping it was only a mile. Nonetheless, it was 4:10 and if I could do a 20 min. mile💨 I could still meet my beerline, I mean deadline.

They've also done some work on the Lost Dog Trail including one big drainage area. And, of course, along here are some little cholla forests that are lit up by the sun. The shade of the mountains was pretty large now but they weren't quite covering all the cholla yet so I was able to get a few pictures. Once back in the shade of the mountains I put on my down vest that I had tied to my waist pack. I just don't like getting that chill at the end of a hike so I was glad I had lugged it along. There were more hikers now and a few bike riders as well so pretty consistent throughout the 9 miles.

And now, what time is it? Yep, "beer time". I try to park Tonto 3 in a position so as to enjoy the view while I have my beer and snack. And this time on the drive out, I pulled over to get a picture of the sunset that was also slightly reflected on the hood.

Oh, I almost forgot. This is the most total miles I've hiked in a year breaking my 578 mile record in 2014. How 'bout that! Who knew this hiking thing would catch on with me....

WATCH: 8.72 mi in 3:32:19 at 2.4 avg MPH, 134 avg BPM (1:11 in Zone 5 (max), 1:30 in Zone 4 (anaerobic), 48 in Zone 3) burning 1450 calories (yeah for Pad Thai then). Starting temp 66.1 at 16% humidity. Finished at beer time, 4:42.
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Nov 09 2020
Tim
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60 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
Tim
Hiking5.20 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
540 ft AEG
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I went out Lost Dog and came back on the Old Jeep Trail and Ringtail. It was 56 degrees when I started at 1:00 and the same temperature when I finished. A really nice day. 5.2 miles in 2 hours and 5 minutes with 540 feet of AEG.
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Apr 25 2020
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 25 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog5.98 Miles 380 AEG
Run/Jog5.98 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   4.54 mph
380 ft AEG
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I did this trail 5 years ago and had a hard time getting to the TH due to freeway closures and had the same issue today. Go figure. :? That being said I still got to the TH a little after 6am. Goal was actually to do the Kovach Nature trail, which I hadn't done before. Wasn't going to drive to the east side for a .5 mile hike, so I decided to revisit a section of the McDowells which I hadn't done in a awhile. I took the Lost Dog Wash trail to the Overlook and then on down to the beginning of the Quartz trail where it officially ends. This adds an additional .4 miles to the Lost Dog (one way). On the way back took the Old Jeep Trail back. Wide trail with some elevation, though nothing serious. There were 3 separate hills to climb, which was 1 more than I remembered. When the Jeep transitions into the Ringtail trail it becomes a nice single track. Nice, but fairly rocky (as we're all the trails on this hike). Due to my recent tumbles, I really tried to keep my eyes on the trail. Connected to the Sunrise and took that back to the TH. No wildlife. Trails busy. 40 hikers, 6 runners and 2 bikers. Nice cool morning temps in the 70's
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Mar 04 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ 
Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
tibber
Hiking4.24 Miles 508 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.68 mph
508 ft AEG
 
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Wanted to do a quick hike after work that might have some wildflowers. Was originally thinking Dixie Loop off the 17 but decided I hadn't been out in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve area for a while and it was closer; even though I dread the drive back to my house.

It was a lovely day. They've paved the first part to the Interpretive area but the rest of the trail is a typical trail; a very nice trail. As I headed up Lost Dog a couple told me there was a rattler ahead but I never did see it which I'm fine with. However, I have to say, I stayed in the middle of the trail for the most part, ha! The Brittlebush was ablaze in gold and very full. The chollas were also glowing via the back-lighting provided by the sun. And it is green out here. Going through the washes is where most of the color was with the yellow of the Brittlebush clashing with the red of the Chuparosa.

I came to the Old Jeep Trail where I headed east. You can see a good part of this trail ahead as it is still pretty wide. I encountered a couple people here but that was pretty much it until I got up to the Ringtail where I encountered a few more. The Old Jeep dips through a couple more washes and some of the trail in and out has some ruts. I stopped by the chuparosa I remembered as it's always a stand-out and this time the bees thot so too.

I should mention that for a lot of the way there were smatterings of lupine on both sides of the trail but not in the bunches that make for a good photograph so it was a struggle to try and document that. However, the Brittlebush and Chollas make up for that in spades. As you top out after the last dip you can see to the east side and Sunrise Peak. It all looks so incredibly green.

Ringtail is always a fun little bit of elevation as the flora mixes with the shale-like rock. Here again you top out to a nice 360 vista before doing a zig and zag as you head west and then south back to link up with Lost Dog. Once on Lost Dog you head east and start to encounter a few more people. I don't know if I'll get back here again before the end of spring but I would be curious to see if they get any more blooming flora.

I had to add the missing track and paste the other two tracks together as RS glitched after a couple miles or so. Hopefully when I get my new phone, that won't be an issue anymore. It's been working so well except these last few times. And the drive home was dreadfully slow, an extra 15 minutes.

Here are a couple videos (a little more narration than usual as I was hiking alone😉):
Part 1 Lost and part of Old Jeep [ youtube video ]
Part 2 Old Jeep, Ringtail back to TH [ youtube video ]
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Feb 23 2020
Eartheist
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50 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
Eartheist
Hiking2.40 Miles 256 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles      54 Mns   2.67 mph
256 ft AEG
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Feb 02 2020
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Lost Dog Jeep Trail Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Jeep Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
Yoder
Hiking5.48 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking5.48 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.72 mph
710 ft AEG      2 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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This is typical in-city hiking. Nothing special to write about. I will say that at least this goes up into a valley that is between two mountain ranges, so the city is not quite so much in your face. It appears to be a popular hiking area, lots of parking for cars. There were also quite a few people on the trails when we were there, we started at 7:10 and finished about 9:25.

Combined sections of 4 hikes to make a 5.5 mile Loop:
1. Lost Dog Wash Trail
2. Old Jeep Trail
3. Ringtail Trail
4. Sunrise Trial
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Dec 02 2019
Tim
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60 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2019
Tim
Hiking5.10 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs      2.55 mph
540 ft AEG
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Pushed of from the trailhead at 11:00 with the temperature at a cool 63 degrees. Went out to the Overlook and came back on the Old Jeep Trail to the Sunrise Trail. 5.1 miles in 2 hours with 540 feet of AEG.
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Oct 13 2019
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 13 2019
jochal
Hiking5.92 Miles 822 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   2 Hrs      2.96 mph
822 ft AEG
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Out on Lost Dog Wash, then back on Old Jeep and Ringtail.
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Mar 02 2019
Eartheist
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50 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking2.46 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking2.46 Miles      59 Mns   2.50 mph
270 ft AEG
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Jan 05 2019
Eartheist
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50 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking2.70 Miles 298 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.57 mph
298 ft AEG
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Dec 17 2018
tdwood
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52 male
 Joined Jul 04 2016
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2018
tdwood
Hiking5.32 Miles 708 AEG
Hiking5.32 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.36 mph
708 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Way too many visions of wrapping paper, airport security checkpoints, and family overload were dancing in my head. This short, easy ramble was just what I needed to recenter before the holiday appearance schedule really kicks into gear for me. Sunny wintertime hiking is why I tolerate our summers. And the landscape never gets old.
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Dec 03 2018
Tim
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60 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2018
Tim
Hiking6.90 Miles 770 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.67 mph
770 ft AEG
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I pushed off at 9:00 with the temperature a cool 48 and 55 when I finished. I was nursing a blister so I was looking for a hike with our much AEG. I took lost Dog over to the Quartz Trail and up that about a mile to where it starts following the wash. The out and back came in at 6.9 miles in 2 hours and 35 minutes with 770 feet of AEG.
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Apr 14 2018
Eartheist
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50 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
Eartheist
Hiking3.37 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking3.37 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.56 mph
380 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Jan 05 2018
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash-Old Jeep Trl- Ring Tail Loop MSP, AZ 
Lost Dog Wash-Old Jeep Trl- Ring Tail Loop MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.98 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.98 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.00 mph
600 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Took my Michigan snowbird neighbor for this hike starting at the Lost Dog Wash TH in the southern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This TH has both water and restrooms, always a nice but not necessary feature for this aging fugitive from Oregon. We went on probably the longest loop hike (5 miles) available from this TH but the low elevation gain makes it a fairly easy hike. The worthwhile side track to the Taliesin Overlook added a mile. The nice views and mid-70's temps were just what my friend needed after escaping sub-zero temps back in Michigan.
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Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Short Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Wash Short Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs      1.25 mph
300 ft AEG
 
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Went on a short loop hike from the Lost Dog Wash TH - MSP with my daughter and her three children. We started out on the LDW Trail, connected to the Sunrise Trail, then to the Ringtail Trail looping past Lost Dog Overlook and back to the LDW Trail for a distance of 2.5 miles. This is a good short hike for children. If you're not familiar with the trails I recommend picking up a trail map at the TH. There are so many trail intersections that it can get confusing. Parts of the trail are covered with loose rocks of varying sizes. As usual the two younger kids started out complaining and trying to think up excuses to stop the hike and go back home. The rocky trail was one of their complaints but after a mile into the hike they were having a good time running and skipping from rock to rock - go figure! :? There are some nice views of the valley, especially at Lost Dog Overlook. Back at the trailhead the two littles didn't want to leave so it was a successful outing.
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jochal
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 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking6.00 Miles 440 AEG
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