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RECOMMENDED HIKES
KOVAC H FA M I LY N AT U R E T R A I L
This trail provides a fun and exciting educational experience that emphasizes family and
family relationships in nature . Signs along the trail explore such topics as " Ancient Families
in the Wash, " " Water is Powerful! " and " Can Cactus Jump? " This trail is ADA accessible,
making it ideal for families with young children or strollers, the elderly, people using
wheelchairs or walkers, and others with mobility challenges.
Route: This trail is located just beyond the trailhead building on the Preserve side of the Lost Dog Trailhead.
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USE:

0 .5mi / 0 .8km (loop)
Minimal
m Easiest / ADA Accessible
Hiking, walking, wheelchairs, strollers

LO S T D O G WA S H T R A I L TO TA L I E S I N OV E R LO O K
On this hike, you'll parallel the Lost Dog Wash as it spills out of the McDowell Mountains.
Your goal is the Taliesin Overlook, where you'll enjoy scenic views of north Scottsdale
and Phoenix to the west . You'll also catch a distant glimpse of Frank Lloyd Wright's
desert masterpiece, Taliesin West, from the overlook.
Route: From the trailhead, take the Lost Dog Wash Trail approximately 2.4mi (3.9km) to Taliesin
Overlook. Return the way you came on Lost Dog Wash Trail to the trailhead.
LENGTH:
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USE:

4 .8mi / 7 .7km (round trip)
300ft / 91 .4m
n Moderate
Hiking, biking, horseback riding

S U N R I S E T R A I L TO S U N R I S E P E A K
From its juncture with the Lost Dog Wash Trail, the Sunrise Trail climbs steadily along
mountain ridges studded with lush Sonoran Desert vegetation . The views from Sunrise
Peak are magnificent, giving you a bird's-eye view of the desert below.
Route: From the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, travel north on the Lost Dog Wash Trail approximately 0.25mi
(0.4km) to the junction with the Sunrise Trail. Turn right and head east toward Sunrise Peak. From Sunrise
Peak, you can return the way you came, or take an excursion out and back from the Sunrise Trail on the
Andrews Kinsey Trail for great eastern views, including the famous Fountain Hills fountain. Note: the full
out-and-back side trip will add approximately 4mi / 6.4km to the distance given below.
LENGTH:
E L E VAT I O N C H A N G E :
D I F F I C U LT Y:
USE:

5 .8mi / 9 .3km (round trip)
1,300ft / 396.2m
u Difficult
Hiking, biking*, horseback riding* (*experienced riders only)

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