Lost Dog Wash Trail

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Trail Distance: 4.2 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 50 min
Elevation Gain: 410 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Lost Dog Wash Trail is just one of the trails that starts from the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Arizona. You would be correct to assume that a trail with "dog" in the name is pup friendly, just be sure to keep your's leashed. The trails in the area pass through a desert dry wash habitat typical of Arizona, which occur in the flat bottoms of canyons and drainages that stay dry at least most of the year. 

The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead is an award winning trailhead, featuring plenty of equestrian and vehicle parking, a gathering area, restrooms and maps. There is also a flat, short, nature path near the trailhead that is great for young kids. Here you can unload your pups from the car and embark on your adventure! Bring any essentials for a furbulous hike, including water and clean up bags.

The trail starts off by heading north along an old jeep trail. It is well maintained, and features very few steep sections. One of the favorite features of this trail is the blooming desert wildflowers and cacti. People and pups can explore for wildlife along the edge of the trail, just as native people did for hundreds of years. Near the end of the trail you'll reach the Taliesin Overlook, offering great views of Camelback, Squaw Peak, and Pinnacle Peak. If you would like to keep exploring, you can hook onto some of the other trails in the area such as Ringtail Trail, Sunrise Trail, and Old Jeep Trail. Most of the trails are somewhat short and easy, but they can be combined to keep you hiking all day! 

Puppers are welcome to join their humans here, as long as they stay leashed, on the trails, and picked up after. Please be sure your canine doesn't disturb the wildlife, and that you leave only footprints and paw prints. Lost Dog Wash Trail is a low-stress hike that is sure to put a wag in your dog's tail. 

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Rocky, Desert, Mountains
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There is rocky and loose terrain along the trail, so be sure to wear proper hiking shoes. Keep your pal leashed and watch out for dangerous wildlife, such as rattlesnakes.
Address
12601 N 124th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
12601 N 124th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM