Take a Break From the City With a Walk on the Beautiful Lost Dog Wash Trail

The Lost Dog Wash Trail is beloved by locals and visitors alike, and it is conveniently located just 9 miles from the Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites Hotel. If you are going to be in business meetings during much of your visit to our beautiful city or on vacation and simply want to get away from our other attractions and enjoy a bit of nature, consider a visit to this recreation area.

Lost Dog Wash Trail views 2015

Photo Credit Mark DiOrio from Portland ‏@MarkDiOrio

The mostly flat trail is 6 miles long, and its trailhead is just north of Anasazi Elementary School and at the edge of a residential area. However, once you start walking, running or biking, you will be quickly taken into a remote setting.

Lost Dog Wash Trail women walking the desert path

Photo Credit Anna Howard ‏@jeepcrasher1970

The trail takes about two hours to traverse if walking with few breaks. Of course, this will naturally increase if you regularly stop, take in the scenery and enjoy the wildflowers and cactuses situated alongside it.

Golden hour light on Lost Dog Wash Trail last winter 2014:2015

Photo Credit Gregg Jones ‏@Gkj01

From the Taliesin Overlook, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Scottsdale and Camelback, Pinnacle and Squaw Peaks. Included in this view is Taliesin West, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home for the final 22 years of his life. The Lost Dog Overlook provides another nice view of the area.

Lost Dog Wash Trail 2 women having fun in the desert

Photo Credit Sarah from Columbus, OH ‏@Sarah_Cowden

As you might assume given its name, dogs are very welcome here. In fact, many of the trail’s human trekkers have their best friends trotting alongside them as they enjoy everything that this trail has to offer. Like dogs, children and older ones should have little difficulty traversing the Lost Dog Wash Trail.

Lost Dog Wash Trail 5 women sonoran desert background

Photo Credit The Phoenix Alumnae Club ‏@PhxAlumPiPhiwww.pibetaphi.org/pibetaphi/phoenixac/

If you are visiting Scottsdale at some point from May to September, you should plan to visit this trail in the early morning while the temperatures are more comfortable. However, no matter when you take advantage of the beauty that this area has to offer, make sure to bring plenty of water as the air is very dry throughout the year. Also note that the trail offers minimal shade.

Lost Dog Wash Trail shoes

Photo Credit Gini Herbst from Arizona ‏@GiniHerbst

The Lost Dog Wash Trail is located in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which celebrates the Sonoran Desert. If you are interested in enjoying more of Scottsdale’s beautiful scenery, we encourage you to consider visiting other areas of this preserve. In fact, the beautiful Sunrise and Ringtail Trails connect with the Lost Dog Wash Trail.

A couple resting under a big cactus at Lost Dog Wash Trail

Photo Credit Taylor Reid ‏@tayreid_

To get here from our hotel, head north to East Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and take a right. After traveling on that road for about 6 miles, take a left onto East Via Linda and then another left on North 124th Street about 1 mile later. You will arrive at the trailhead and its sizable parking lot in a mile. Restrooms and access to water and maps may be found here.

Colorful Sunset Sonoran Desert Scottsdale

Photo Credit Chad ‏@azradrunner1

Desert cactus pink blooming on Lost Dog Wash Trail

Photo Credit Michael D. Ratcliff from Phoenix ‏@m_d_ratcliff

McDowell Mountain hiking Trail 2014 2 women selfie

Photo Credit Sydney ‏@Sydfishious

Lost Dog Wash Trail 2 young women feeling the energy

Feeling the Energy – Photo Credit Joanna Newman ‏from Los Angeles, CA @JoannaMNewmanwww.joannamnewman.com

Photo Credit Chad ‏@azradrunner1

Photo Credit Chad ‏@azradrunner1

sunday morning hikes at Lost Dog Wash Trail Girl Selfie on Spring Break 2015

Photo Credit Sam Pederson ‏@sampederson_

Lost Dog Wash Trail ocotillo cactus facing the sun

“Ocotillo” Fouquieria splendens (commonly known as ocotillo, but also referred to as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob’s Staff, Jacob Cactus, and vine cactus) is a plant indigenous to the Sonoran Desert – Photo Credit Rachel Boyer ‏From Scottsdale Arizona @enframephotowww.enframephotography.com

Lost Dog Wash Trail sun behing huge cactus

Photo Credit Lucas Perlove ‏from Brooklyn @LucasPerlove

Lost Dog Wash Trail Sunset

Photo Credit Gini Herbst ‏@GiniHerbst

Lost Dog Wash Trail view with cactus and rocks bright sunny day

Feeling the Energy – Photo Credit Joanna Newman ‏from Los Angeles, CA @JoannaMNewmanwww.joannamnewman.com

Photo Credit Anderson ‏@MissAllizona

Photo Credit Anderson from Scottsdale ‏@MissAllizona

Lost Dog Wash climbing Trail April 2015 Sonoran Desert Cactus and vegetation

Photo Credit Annique Kiel ‏@anniquekiel

Photo Credit John Schultz™ ‏@TrailRunnerGuy

Photo Credit John Schultz™ from Scottsdale ‏@TrailRunnerGuy – www.runningthetrails.blogspot.com

Sunset

Photo Credit John Schultz™ from Scottsdale ‏@TrailRunnerGuy – www.runningthetrails.blogspot.com

Astonishing red sunset at Lost Dog Wash Trail January 2015

Photo Credit Toshi ‏from Dallas, TX @fixedgearnut

Photo Credit McCord ‏@JudyMcCord

Photo Credit McCord from Scottsdale  ‏@JudyMcCord

Conversely, if you would like to find out about other scenic trails in Scottsdale and the Phoenix metropolitan area, make sure to ask one of our friendly staff for assistance, and we will point you in the right direction.

Photographers: thank you for sharing your gorgeous fun filled photos! We wish everyone a wonderful time in Scottsdale Arizona and hope to see you all one day at the Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites Hotel!

 

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2 thoughts on “Take a Break From the City With a Walk on the Beautiful Lost Dog Wash Trail

  1. A beautiful collection of pics. I lived in Australian outback areas for some years and enjoyed the stark beauty of the arid conditions. The million star nights were spectacular as were the sunrises and sunsets. We didn’t have the magnificent cacti that your desert scenes show. They are very interesting to me! The skies are such a gorgeous blue.

  2. Pingback: The Top 10 Activities To Do With Kids While You’re in Scottsdale | Out and About in Scottsdale AZ

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