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