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Ringtail Loop to Taliesin Point

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“Rocky up and down through washes with a couple great lookout points”
Daniel Young on Aug 4, 2013
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6.4 Miles 669’ Ascent 2,090’ High 4.0% Avg Grade
75% Singletrack -668’ Descent 1,707’ Low 7.8% Max Grade
Overview
Quick ride around the east side of McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Doesn't have to much crazy elevation and mostly singletrack. There will always be hikers in this area so be wary.
Description
Head out from Lost Dog trailhead and take the first right after you go through the first wash. Take a little steep climb to the next junction and take it right again. Enjoy the winding singletrack until it starts to head uphill. From there climb up to the Sunrise trail crossing and go through it continuing on the Ringtail Trail and onto another little descent.

A couple tough climbs are ahead and you'll see the Old Jeep Trail start but go by that. After the climbs there is a significant amount of rocky downhill. Reach the Lost Dog Wash Trail and take it right and enjoy the quick climbs and fun short descents through the washes. Take the left when you come to the junction and follow it up to Taliesin point.

From here you can continue into the rest of McDowell Sonoran Preserve or turn around and follow Lost Dog Wash Trail back to the trailhead
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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks
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