Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike: Quartz Trail Loop

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 07:30
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
LENGTH: 10.0 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1,300 ft. PACE: Medium

This month we’ll be hiking in the Southern Region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, from the Lost Dog Wash and Sunrise Trailheads, located north of Shea at 124th Street and 145th Way, respectively (go to for further directions).   Note that our meeting times will be a little later (7:30 am) due to the shorter days.
Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the LOST DOG WASH TRAILHEAD, located at 12601 N. 124th Street, about a mile North of Shea (go to for further directions). 

This is a fairly flat and easy hike, so we’ll maintain a pace or around 2.5 to 3.0 mph, slightly faster than normal Medium.   The route will be an inverted lollipop that includes the Ringtail, Old Jeep, Lost Dog Wash and Quartz Trails.  The Quartz Trail, which is less used than many in the McDowells, is named for the extensive quartz deposits that we’ll see along the way.  It dead-ends in a box canyon, which will be our turnaround point.  On the way back, we’ll make a brief stop at the Taliesin West Overlook, with views down to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and still-active school of architecture. 

Bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.