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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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Oct 13 2019
jochal
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35 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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 Routes 5
 Photos 269
 Triplogs 177

48 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 5
 Photos 269
 Triplogs 177

48 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
Eartheist
Hiking2.70 Miles 298 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.57 mph
298 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Partners none no partners
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Jan 05 2018
Oregon_Hiker
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 Guides 8
 Routes 337
 Photos 5,898
 Triplogs 440

73 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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1st trip
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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Jan 04 2018
Oregon_Hiker
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 Guides 8
 Routes 337
 Photos 5,898
 Triplogs 440

73 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 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
 
1st trip
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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Sep 24 2017
paulshikleejr
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 Guides 20
 Routes 77
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 405

54 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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Decisionmaking and action should only be informed by, not subject to, healthy, reasonable concern.
That being said, anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.
Sep 03 2017
cw50must
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 Guides 11
 Routes 2
 Photos 3,151
 Triplogs 247

42 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
Hiking4.25 Miles
380 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
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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 Guides 21
 Routes 576
 Photos 25,752
 Triplogs 846

64 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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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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Dec 01 2016
New2hyk
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 Photos 5,652
 Triplogs 236

53 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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1st trip
Partners none no partners
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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Nov 13 2016
jochal
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35 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
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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1st trip
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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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Jul 31 2016
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 343
 Photos 4,106
 Triplogs 2,608

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Sunrise & Taliesen Overlook, AZ 
Sunrise & Taliesen Overlook, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking13.75 Miles 2,929 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   3.40 mph
2,929 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
needed a double digit training hike with some aeg, not on south mountain
started from lost dog trailhead, went up to sunrise peak, down to 145th street and back
then took ringtail to the jeep trail, and lost dog to taliesen overlook
lost dog back to the trailhead
didn't know if anyone had a track for the new nature trail, so i finished with that - it's cute
saw maybe 15 hikers and three mountain bikers - no one on the west side of sunrise, old jeep or ringtail
83 degrees when i started, 91 at the finish and quite humid
cloud cover for most of sunrise and a good breeze all morning
always enjoy sunrise peak and the east side views
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Apr 03 2016
paulshikleejr
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 Guides 20
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 Photos 542
 Triplogs 405

54 male
 Joined Feb 02 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lost Dog Old Jeep Ringtail Sunrise Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Old Jeep Ringtail Sunrise Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2016
paulshikleejr
Hiking4.21 Miles 541 AEG
Hiking4.21 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.38 mph
541 ft AEG      6 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This is a good workout loop. By taking the western segment of Sunrise Trail where it intersects Ringtail Trail, you shorten the loop by about 3/4 mile, but it's still a great time out and about.
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That being said, anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.
Mar 25 2016
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 25 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking1.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
200 ft AEG
 
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Wanted a short hike after dropping kids off at school. Flowers way past peak. Just wasn't in the mood - turned back as I started to climb up Sunrise.
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Mar 08 2016
tibber
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 Guides 21
 Routes 576
 Photos 25,752
 Triplogs 846

64 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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Feb 21 2016
mt98dew
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 Guides 16
 Routes 19
 Photos 398
 Triplogs 1,454

50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 21 2016
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.32 Miles 379 AEG
Run/Jog3.32 Miles      40 Mns   4.98 mph
379 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Wanted to get a hike involving the Ringtail Trail so that I could cross it off my get er' done list. Got to the Lost Dog Trail head at around 6:30. I guess the park ranger gets there around 7, because the gates were closed :( . So I drove over to the 128th St. Trail head. That trail head has been modestly upgraded since I was last there. Ironically, it is now called Ringtail trail head, it has a map of the nearby trails and a permanent trash receptacle. There is enough parking there for about 12 vehicles. I did the trail going counter clockwise. It was a very gradual climb to the Sunrise Trail and then it dips down to a major wash. It was kind of rocky during the climbing part, but there after fairly nice for jogging. After the wash there was a split in the trail, with the Ringtail going left to a ridge and an overlook and the right trail becoming the Old Jeep Trail. Stopped briefly at the overlook and noticed what looked to be a short trail going off to the east from where the Ringtail crossed the wash. From the overlook everything else was downhill. Jogged to the Lost Dog trail head and then a short ways past the parking lot to connect to the Anazasi Spur trail. I took that for a short ways to where it connected to the Ringtail. Nice little loop. I think this was the first time I've done the whole Ringtail in one hike. Encountered 25 hikers along the Lost Dog Wash Trail as I was heading toward the trail head. Looked like it was going to be a busy day on the trails. Glad I beat the crowds.
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Dec 23 2015
Crzy4AZ
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46 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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53 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 06 2015
The_Dude
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41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2015
The_Dude
Hiking5.94 Miles 1,463 AEG
Hiking5.94 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.95 mph
1,463 ft AEG      7 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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My usual trip to Tucson was filled with nice periodic rain, so I kept heading north until I could get a break in the storm for a hike. I ended up doing Sunrise from 128th street, and the weather was great. Got to the trailhead a bit before 5 and started off. I saw 4 hikers early on, and then nobody after the first 15 minutes or so. I got on and off sprinkles for most of the hike, but never enough to need my rain jacket. Took a nice break on top to enjoy the views and then headed back down. I decided to check out the 136th street spur instead of heading back the way I came, this trail was probably my favorite on this mountain. Very faint trail with some nice bouldering spots, I will have to make this my next ascent. Light was failing and I scrambled up onto the neighborhood street and took Larkspur back to where the van was parked. Some mighty expensive houses up here...
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Sep 05 2015
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
John9L
Hiking9.25 Miles 2,019 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles
2,019 ft AEG
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Morning hike to Sunrise Peak. I also did an out and back on the Andrews Kinsey trail. Finished before the heat of the day set in.
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Jul 29 2015
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking3.87 Miles 409 AEG
Hiking3.87 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   2.28 mph
409 ft AEG      7 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Well I had three hours to kill in between doctors appointments and decided to squeeze in a little hike. I had planned on Lost Dog wash but the trailhead is closed. So I head up to the Ringtail trail. The temperature was nice but humid. I got a few sprinkles in the beginning and then again as I was finishing.
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Mount McDowell (Red Mountain)
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