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5.5 Miles 8.9 Kilometers


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Singletrack

628' 191 m

Ascent

-633' -193 m

Descent

2,297' 700 m

High

1,694' 516 m

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4%

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14%

Max Grade (8°)

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An easy loop around the west side of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Tom Dobson

Overview

An awesome loop hike through the west McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. This route is singletrack over well-marked rolling terrain.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Leaving out of the Gateway Trailhead, hike the Saguaro Trail on a slight uphill to the first sign and fork in the trail. Go right and follow the Gateway Loop Trail counter-clockwise around the mountain. Continue past the Paradise Trail and Bell Pass Trail turnoffs on your right.

Head uphill and over the Gateway Saddle for spectacular views of the north valley.

Heading past the saddle, cruise down a screaming downhill to the junction with the Windgate Pass Trail. Turn right on Windgate Pass Trail. Hike rolling terrain for about a mile and you'll see the turn to the left onto the Desert Park Trail.

It's all downhill from here. You hike around the mountain and under a few bridges back to the Gateway Trailhead.

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Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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