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Ringtail Trail - MSP - 20 members in 81 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 19 2021
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2021
Crzy4AZ
Hiking1.59 Miles 310 AEG
Hiking1.59 Miles      43 Mns   2.39 mph
310 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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No flowers at all. Did a little hike that’s a big deal. Have had heart issues for two months. This felt good to be on a trail. I’m fine - not dying - but has been mentally awful to not be able to hike. Rowing machine has been life saver for me. And compression socks and beta blocker. Getting old sucks 🫀🥾

What is up with zero wildflowers? Are they not going to happen or happened already or will happen later? What the heck not even basic brittle bush.
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ZILCHO zero nothing for flowers. Is weird
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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 24 2020
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Sonoran Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
hikerdw
Hiking19.33 Miles 3,242 AEG
Hiking19.33 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   3.07 mph
3,242 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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The weather forecast was prime for a longer hike so opted for this loop I had saved after reading the May 2019 triplog posted by @BiFrost, starting from the newly re-opened Adero Canyon TH.

The first 6 miles went by really quick and I really enjoyed those trails, Sonoran and Prospector being the highlights. Saw no others until we started the decent down Bell Pass.

First time hiking Paradise and Quartz. This Paradise Trail doesn't even rate on the scale compared to the East Superstition trail with the same name, but it served it's purpose as a connector trail.

Jumped on Lost Dog, the Old Jeep Trail and Ringtail to make our way onto the Sunrise Trail, climbed up to the pass,and then closed the loop out on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which is a gem.

I really enjoyed this longer loop and with the right weather conditions would definitely hike it again.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to everyone.
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Sep 02 2020
jillyonanadventure
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40 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
McDowell Mountain Death March, AZ 
McDowell Mountain Death March, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2020
jillyonanadventure
Hiking8.17 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.36 mph
1,246 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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We arrived at the Sunrise peak trailhead around 6pm and the main parking lot was full. Most normal people would just head over to the backup parking lot right down the road, but I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of sharing the peak with all of those people. James had done it from 136th Street prior and had said it would be longer and more difficult, but that there would be no people there. So off we went to that trailhead where the adventure began. The hike starts off in a crazy sandy wash that goes on for a while. So. Much. Sand. :sweat: If the sand isn’t bad enough, next up you’re just full on bouldering and scrambling in a canyon. Umm, I didn’t realize I would be doing a 3 points of contact type thing in the Mcdowells. It seemed super unnecessary that this is how they created the trail :? After the bouldering section, you’re suddenly on a steep uphill section with jagged rocks all over the “trail” - so fun. :roll: All the uphill in 100 degrees was not pleasant and I was getting tired and moving slow. James is an alien hiking beast who seemed unfazed by the heat/climb while I was dying and I may have told him I was going to murder him if he was videoing me while I was struggling... oops! :sorry: The sunset was uneventful, but we’d been excited to get a view of the full moon so that was motivating. The climb brings you to the backside of sunrise peak and we didn’t even summit since we had so long left to go. We did take a quick break and enjoy the full moon plus the city lights, and it was very pretty. With about 1.5 miles left on the sunrise peak trail, we encountered a baby rattlesnake who was NOT happy we were out there hiking. James almost stepped on it, so we’d already pissed it off, then it didn’t want to move much off the trail for us. I was definitely not comfortable passing it since the trail was narrow, steep and slippery (gravel type rocks) in that section. :scared: We ended up bushwhacking off trail climbing over boulders to avoid it. Yikes! I was using my headlamp and could see so many scorpions on the trail. I know they are there, but I really prefer not seeing them so much. :pout: So we continue hiking down the peak in the dark for a while, but oh no the hike is not done yet. Since we hadn’t set up a shuttle vehicle, we had a couple of miles left of road walking until we reached the car. Although I was happy to be on flat ground, the extra miles were still pretty tiring. We finally reached the car around 9:45pm and it was still 97 degrees at the time. I don’t do well in the heat, so I was really glad that I’d thrown a frozen Gatorade in my backpack, since it was definitely needed. If you are crazy enough to want to try out this route, do yourself a favor a set up a shuttle vehicle to avoid the road walking at the end. But if you enjoy torturing yourself and avoiding crowds, go ahead and give this route a try. Maybe wait till it cools down a bit though ](*,)
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Apr 05 2020
richvosko
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 Routes 26
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35 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2020
richvosko
Hiking4.40 Miles 518 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
518 ft AEG
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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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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
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
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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 Routes 6
 Photos 269
 Triplogs 204

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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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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paulshikleejr
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56 male
 Joined Feb 02 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Ringtail Anazasi Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Ringtail Anazasi Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2017
paulshikleejr
Hiking3.35 Miles 265 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.14 mph
265 ft AEG      6 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I felt like I needed a bit more time on the trail, so I went out again and did a short loop around the Lost Dog Wash area.
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Sep 03 2017
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2017
cw50must
Hiking4.25 Miles 380 AEG
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380 ft AEG
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This is the route I should have done. I went out to Lost Dog Wash TH, first time accessing here. I was mostly scouting this area to see if I could ride my bike here. Seems doable. I was just sort of winging a route. Anyway I went up to were is connects with the old jeep trail, If I knew I was this close to this Taliesen lookout I would have checked it out. I turned around, went to the lost dog lookout, then took Ringtail to Sunrise, then back to lost dog TH. The trails were in great shape.
I did spot a rattlesnake, it was a baby I would say, around a foot long and thin. I took a picture, but the cale is off and it looks bigger. I'm not sure if it was dead or not. It didn't move, and this is also right about where I chose to turn around ;) I walked around it at a distance and from all the other ones I've encountered, they usually are pretty upset and let me know when I am this close. I know it was small and I heard they don't really rattle but this guy didn't move.
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Mar 23 2017
tibber
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65 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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mostly Brittlebush, some lupine and desert chicory, hedgehogs, chuparosa
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Dec 01 2016
New2hyk
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55 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2016
New2hyk
Hiking2.30 Miles 379 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
379 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Went on a bird walk with 2 bird expert stewards. On our last walk, I thought I spotted owls in one of the Saguaro holes. Walter brought his scope and carried it for the entire walk. Sad to report that there were no owls in that hole. Felt very guilty that I made him carry heavy equipment. But he was happy as we saw 26 sps. I really enjoy listening to people with knowledge and experience.
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Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2016
jochal
Hiking6.85 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking6.85 Miles
1,190 ft AEG
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Ringtail, bisected by Sunrise up to the intersection with Andrew-Kinsey trail, running short on time so didn't go all the way to peak.
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