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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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Jul 04 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,356 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.82 mph
1,356 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
I decided to get up early and do this hike.

It turned out to be a nice day -- temperature in the low 80's with lots of cloud cover. It was a tad humid though, but not all THAT bad.

This was a good way to start off a holiday!
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Mar 11 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 2,768 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.88 mph
2,768 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
I decided to do a hike not far from home and settled on this one.

I had intended to hike from the Adero Canyon TH to the Lost Dog Wash TH and back, hitting Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, aka Westview Overlook, along the way. However, the Adero Canyon TH was full (I didn't get there until around 10:30). There were a number of cars parked illegally in the bike lines on the road, but blocking bike lanes isn't my thing, so I decided just to drive to the Lost Dog Wash TH and do the hike from there.

I went from the Lost Dog Wash TH up to Sunrise Peak, and instead of going directly back to the TH, I took the Andrews-Kinsey Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve. From there I did the Western Reserve Loop CCW up to Peak 3098, aka the Westview Overlook. From there I headed back to the Lost Dog Wash TH.

There were a lot more people on the trails than I am used to seeing, especially within a mile or so of the Lost Dog Wash TH. There were also a few people heading up to Peak 3098.

There were absolutely no wildflowers blooming. Perhaps some flowers will eventually bloom, but it is shaping up to be a dud of a spring wildflower season.

The temperature was nice for the hike and there was a breeze blowing, but it was a sunny day and there was no shade anywhere on the hike.
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Wildflowers Observation None
I did not even see one flower blooming.
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Dec 22 2020
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 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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Dec 13 2020
Eartheist
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50 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2020
Eartheist
Hiking4.09 Miles 815 AEG
Hiking4.09 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.43 mph
815 ft AEG
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Dec 03 2020
Tim
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 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2020
Tim
Hiking4.20 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.52 mph
410 ft AEG
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Just made a quick counter clockwise loop of Lost Dog, Ringtail, the Old Jeep Trail and back on Lost Dog. 4.2 miles in an hour and 40 minutes with 410 feet of AEG. It was 56 degrees when I started and 62 when I finishec.
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Dec 03 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Adero Canyon - Lost Dog Wash, AZ 
Adero Canyon - Lost Dog Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 2,820 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.83 mph
2,820 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, and decided to hike from the recently reopened Adero Canyon TH to the Lost Dog Wash TH and back. On the way to the LDW TH, I hiked up to Sunrise Peak. On the way back, I went up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook.

While there isn't really anything remarkable about this hike, it was a nice day to be outside and the trails weren't very crowded.

I imagine that I will do this one another time or 2 over the winter.
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Aug 18 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 18 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,327 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.79 mph
1,327 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a mid-week hike close to home so I decided to do this one once again.

It was cloudy and breezy all the way up and part of the way back, which was nice.

The trail wasn't crowded, but there were more people than I am used to seeing on a hike.
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Jul 27 2020
DixieFlyer
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Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,362 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.98 mph
1,362 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
In spite of the hot weather I decided to get out and stretch my legs for a bit. It was a bit humid out, but we were in shade all the way up to the hitching post. There were a few people out on the trails, but not many.
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Jul 10 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,706 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.90 mph
1,706 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
I don't really care much for urban hiking trails, but with the hot weather I decided that I wanted an early hike that wasn't too far from home, so I did this one again. There was some cloud cover, so after descending Sunrise Peak I decided to take the Andrews-Kinsey Trail out to an overlook, and then go back to the TH. The Andrews-Kinsey Trail is a nice one, and the riff-raff usually stays away from it. The only person that I saw on the A-K Trail was a girl who was trail-running.
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Jul 04 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,368 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.90 mph
1,368 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
A few of us got an early start and went up to Sunrise Peak from the Lost Dog Wash TH. There were a few people out but the trail was not very crowded.

This was the 3rd year in a row that I have done this hike on the 4th of July.
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Jun 02 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,719 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles
1,719 ft AEG
 
I decided to do an exercise hike close to home this morning. We did an out-and-back up to Sunrise Peak from the Lost Dog Wash TH. On the way back, once we got back down to the hitching post, we went out the Andrews-Kinsey Trail as far as the mirador, and then we went back to the TH. There was hardly anyone on the trails this morning.

I did not have my GPS set correctly at the start of the hike, so the GPS track that I posted omitted the first 2 miles. The stats above are adjusted for the missing mileage and elevation gain.
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Apr 04 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash Access Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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sugarl1952
Hiking3.70 Miles 137 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.22 mph
137 ft AEG
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Got a little turned around on what was supposed to be a loop with the Ringtail trail but still a nice afternoon. One small rattler at the trailhead.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Brittlebush, lupine, hedgehog cactus, cholla cactus
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Mar 28 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
Quartz-Lost Dog-Sunrise MSP, AZ 
Quartz-Lost Dog-Sunrise MSP, AZ
 
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Hiking2.50 Miles
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Here's the plan: park a car at Quartz Trailhead, and hike with my son and daughter to Lost Dog Wash trailhead, and meet my wife and other son there for a picnic. Nice point-to-point hike. We'd just crossed the road from the Quartz parking lot and were about to step on the trail, when my daughter asked this question:
"Do you think there'll be snakes out?"
Me: "Probably not; might be a little cool today, but I'll sure keep my eyes open."
"I'll let you go in front."
Less than thirty seconds later on the trail, we heard the buzzing, really loud. He was off to the side on the other side of a brittlebush, head up but otherwise beautifully camouflaged in the grass. Still buzzed even after we'd backed away far enough to take pictures; finally slithered away. Next question: "Does the other place have wider trails?" I replied that they were definitely wider, and more travelled, than Quartz Trail -- so we changed plans and drove to Lost Dog. (But she was still ready to hike even after seeing, right next to us, the last thing she wanted to see!) We ended up hiking Sunrise Trail as far as we had time for before joining the rest of the family for the picnic. Flowers everywhere, especially brittlebush and lupine. Good news: there's more hikes ahead of us with school being out, with the only condition being that we go when it's cooler and the snakes are sleeping.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Brittlebush, lupine, globe mallow
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Mar 20 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 2,769 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.68 mph
2,769 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
I decided to head to the Lost Dog Wash TH on Shea Blvd in Scottsdale and do this hike again.

There was quite a wildflower display on the hike, particularly on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail. I'd say that the wildflowers are at their peak right now, although the creosote bushes and cactaceae haven't really started blooming yet.

There were more people than I expected at the TH, so if I go back out there in the next few days I think that I will start from Fountain Hills. I was walking along the Sunrise Trail and came upon an older woman squatted down and urinating in the middle of the trail...and of course there was the obligatory trail runner not wearing much more than a thong. I think that I need to start hiking in remote, wilderness areas in hopes of encountering more civility on a trail!
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Fountain Lake Four Peaks
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There was quite a wildflower display on this hike, particularly along the Andrews-Kinsey Trail. If there had been more poppies blooming I would have labelled this as "extreme" instead of "substantial".
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Feb 25 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 3,274 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.72 mph
3,274 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
It was a somewhat cool day in the Valley so I decided to head to the McDowell's for a hike and to check out the wildflowers. I started from the Lost Dog Wash TH and went up to Sunrise Peak, and then headed over to the Fountain Hills Preserve and went up to Peak 3098. The last few times that I have done this hike I went clockwise on the Western Loop Trail; to shake things up, I went CCW this time.

This is a decent hike to get some distance and elevation gain, but after you have done it a few times it isn't all that exciting. There were a few wildflowers blooming, but I'd say that it will be a couple of weeks before you'll get very excited seeing wildflowers.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
There were a few wildflowers in bloom throughout the hike, but it will be a couple of weeks before you'll "ooh and aah" at the wildflower display.
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Jan 27 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.70 Miles 2,871 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.82 mph
2,871 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
I decided to go out and get in another exercise hike in the McDowells. There is nothing remarkable about this hike, especially since I have done it numerous times. It was a nice day out, although I may have to start earlier next time -- the temperatures were good but there was lots of sun exposure. Thankfully there was a nice breeze blowing to keep me semi-cool.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
I saw a few poppies and brittlebush blooms. A few other plants seemed like they were getting ready to bloom -- I think that we may have an early wildflower season this year.
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Jan 13 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.80 Miles 2,799 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.93 mph
2,799 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, and decided on this one once again. It was a great day to be outside, and there weren't many people on the trail. In fact, once I got on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail I did not see any hikers or mountain bikers.

I started the hike from the Lost Dog Wash TH; went up to Sunrise Peak; took the A-K Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve; then went up to Peak 3098; dropped down to the Promenade Trail; then took the A-K Trail back to the Scottsdale Preserve, where I retraced my route back to the TH.
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Fountain Lake
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Dec 18 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.70 Miles 3,146 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   2.90 mph
3,146 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a hike with some decent elevation gain that wasn't too far from home, and decided on this one.

I started and ended the hike at the Lost Dog Wash TH in Scottsdale. I took the Sunrise Trail up to Sunrise Peak, and on the way back when I got back down to the hitching post, I took the Andrews Kinsey Trail over to the Fountain Hills Preserve. I took the Western Loop Trail off of the A-K Trail up to Peak 3098; then I continued down the Western Loop Trail to the Promenade Trail; then I went back to the other end of the Western Loop Trail and took it back to the A-K Trail; from there I went back to the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead.

This isn't the most exciting hike in the world, but it isn't bad either -- although it certainly paled in comparison to my hike to Charlebois Spring a couple of days ago. It was a great day to be outside -- the temperature was nice but the wind made it a bit chilly. I hardly saw anyone on the trails, and I did not see anyone at all once I got on the A-K Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve.

I saw 2 mule deer -- one small buck and one doe -- on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail just after I crossed over to the Fountain Hills Preserve. I have seen white-tailed deer out here before, but this was the first time that I have seen mule deer in this area. The deer were not skittish and they obliged me by posing for some photos.
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Nov 16 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 3098 from Lost Dog Wash, AZ 
Peak 3098 from Lost Dog Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.10 Miles 2,463 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   3.09 mph
2,463 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, and decided to hike from the Lost Dog Wash TH to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook, in the Fountain Hills Preserve and back.

This is not a real exciting hike, but it beats getting a sharp stick in the eye. This is the first time in a while that I did an entire hike on a nice well groomed trail. I'm sure that I will be back in the Goldfields before long and get back to getting poked, scratched, scraped, stuck, bloodied, battered, and bruised while on a hike!
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May 27 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Sunrise Paradise Loop, AZ 
Lost Dog Sunrise Paradise Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
BiFrost
Hiking20.93 Miles 5,502 AEG
Hiking20.93 Miles   8 Hrs   2 Mns   2.74 mph
5,502 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Looking at the forecast I noticed that the high temp in Phoenix was only supposed to be 78. I had to do a double take as I thought it was a misprint. But that was the forecast and not wanting to be on roads Memorial Day I opted for something close to town. Decided on this long loop in the McDowells starting from Lost Dog trail head.

I headed for Sunrise Peak with some cool clouds and really nice temps. Took my breath on the summit and then went back down to the Andrew Kinsey Trail. Only saw one other hiker on this very pleasant stretch of trail. Eventually made it down to Adero Canyon trail head which I haven’t seen since it was completed. Although I’m not 100% sure it’s open yet since there was nobody there and the road to it is unpaved.

After that it was onto the Promenade Trail and the Sonoran Trail where I did not see any other hikers. The Sonoran ends at Dixie Mine Trail where I started to see lots of hikers presumably heading for Thompson Peak. Then I jumped on Prospector Trail to Bell Pass Trail where again I didn’t see anyone.

Very windy at Bell Pass as I dropped down towards the Paradise Trail turnoff. Then jumped on Paradise Trail and had lunch in the wash. After lunch I continued on Paradise Trail to Quartz and past Taliesin Overlook. Last 2.5 miles back to Lost Dog went quickly. Still can’t believe it was only 78….never felt hot during the entire hike. Too bad it won’t last :sweat:
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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