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Lost Dog Wash is one of the main access points for the McDowell Mountain Preserve. You can access this easy trail from the north end of 124th street near Anasazi Elementary School. You'll gain about 421 feet elevation on your 4+ mile hike, and if you head into the connecting trails, you'll have grand views of the rest of the mountain range. For those with extra time, connect with the Ringtail Trail and head to the Taliesin Overlook. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the observation deck, so the mountain views aren't the only ones worth seeing out there.
The award-winning trailhead offers easy, short trails that wander around and across the desert wash. This makes it perfect for beginner hikers, quick trail runs or hikes, or families with younger kids looking to expose them to the great outdoors.
The trail connects to Ringtail Trail Loop for a 4.4-mile hike if you're looking for something longer and heavily trafficked. The trail is rated moderate overall (Lost Dog Wash and Ringtail), and offers a range of activities with year-round accessibility. And you can bring Bowser along with you, as long he's kept on a leash.