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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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