Wildflower Hikes from Lost Dog

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Lost Dog Wash Trailhead 

Wildflower Hikes from Lost Dog

Taliesin Overlook

A gentle out-and-back hike that crosses several small washes, Taliesin Overlook has extensive views northwest and looks down onto Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, his winter home and school. Taliesin is still active as a school of architecture. This 4 mile hike showcases a great variety of wildflowers when in season.

Hike Directions: Follow the Lost Dog Wash trail northward to the sign for the Overlook. Turn left for the short walk to the Overlook. Return the way you came.

Ringtail Trail

This two-trail hike makes a 2.4 mile loop, and has many gradual ups and downs with little overall elevation change.  Lost Dog Overlook has excellent views south and is an ancient tool-making site—some of the rock flakes are from prehistoric tool-making work!  You can also enjoy great wildflowers in the spring. A gentle hike with a few moderate sections and several wash crossings makes this an interesting and enjoyable experience for most hikers.  Kids with hiking experience would find this a relatively easy hike

Hike Directions: Follow the Lost Dog Wash trail northward to the junction with the Ringtail trail. Turn right onto the Ringtail trail and follow it around a loop that ends at the Anasazi spur, where you should turn right. Go north to the Sunrise trail junction, turn left and then shortly left again onto the Lost Dog Wash trail back to the parking area.

Sunrise Trail East

 One of the Preserve's more difficult hikes, Sunrise Trail East, from the Sunrise Trailhead, is a 4 mile out-and-back hike with many steep sections and over a 1,100 foot elevation change. Sunrise Peak is one of very few Preserve peaks with a trail to the top, from which you can see expansive views of the McDowell Mountains in all directions and beautiful granite formations.  You will also see lots of spring wildflowers!  This hike is excellent for fast exercise without the crowds.

Hike Directions: Follow the Sunrise trail up to the junction with the east spur trail to Sunrise Peak. Turn left onto the spur trail and follow it up to the peak, going straight past the west spur trail that heads down to the right near the peak. Return the way you came, being careful to stay on the east spur trail again on the way down.


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