Lost Dog Trail, Scottsdale

Directions: Drive along Shea Blvd. to 124th St. and head north past the two schools to the park entrance (no entry fees).

Trail Information: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/preserve/TrailMaps.pdf
Lost Dog itself is an easy, relatively non-technical trail that is about a three mile there and back to the Taliesin Lookout point.  For a much more difficult (and scenic) run take Lost Dog till it links to the Sunrise trail which links to the Ringtail trail heading north in a loop back toward Lost Dog and/or the Taliesin lookout. 5.30 miles with an elevation gain of about 900 feet according to a watch.

Miscellaneous Information: Bring water year round and be on the lookout for snakes, scorpions and tarantula.  May and June are bee season but the desert blooms are worth the constant background buzzing.  As with all desert trails in the summer try to be on the trail by 0500 to limit exposure and wear sunscreen.