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    Lost Dog Trail

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    6.8 km
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    125 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    This hike is a 6.8 km out and back adventure that leads you through the scenic Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale. Enjoy an area filled with unique desert plants, making this a great hike to pick if it’s rained recently or it’s blooming season. The hike is rated as moderate but it leans to the easy side of moderate, so all ages and skill levels should be able to enjoy it. Expect heavy traffic on this trail.

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    Route Description for Lost Dog Trail

    The Lost Dog Trail is a route in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve that travels through a particularly pretty part of the Sonoran Desert. The sides of the trail feature a wide range of desert plants and the views are great. The trail also boasts an approachable difficulty level. It does get busy, so try to visit during the week if you’re able to.

    This route doesn’t offer any shade, so prepare for the weather with water, sun protection, and an early start time if possible.

    From the end of the road, there is an old OHV trail that climbs up to the north, which you’ll follow. Half a mile in, the trail will turn west and cross several washes. You’ll follow the line of the ridge on your left. Hike to the T-junction in Lost Dog Wash and go left. The outbound hike ends at the next junction, from where you’ll turn around and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Lost Dog Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for this hike is at the end of N 124th Street.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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