Windgate Pass Trail via Gateway Loop

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Windgate Pass Trail via Gateway Loop

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Windgate Pass Trail via Gateway Loop

by: Honza
Location:  Scottsdale, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8586    Latitude:  33.6495
A rewarding hike through the scenic McDowell mountains, offering great views of northern Phoenix and the Superstitions Mountains.
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Saguaro  Saguaro
There are many ways to get to scenic Windgate Pass; see all the trails at the 3D trail guide/model or pick up a map at the new (luxury style) Gateway Trailhead. On this trail you take the Gateway Saddle/loop route.

Starting at the Horseshoe Trail, you will begin a gentle elevation gain and connect to the Windgate Pass trail in 1.2 miles. In another 1/2 mile you will intersect the Gateway Loop trail branching off to the right. Keeping to the left you will continue the steady climb to Tom's Thumb trail branching off to the left. Head right towards the Inspiration Viewpoint which gives great views of the northern Phoenix, McDowell Mountain peaks and Tom's Thumb rock formations.

The Windgate Pass is another mile after the Inspiration Point, with perhaps the steepest part of the climb. Once you reach the saddle, you will have expansive views of the Superstition Mountains and surrounding areas. Enjoy the landscape and views before heading back the same way (or you can complete a loop to the Bell Pass and around the Gateway Loop).
Trail Distance:  7.7 miles round-trip
Elevation:  1721ft - 3045ft   (change 1324ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Difficult - good physical fitness is a must, large elevation changes
How Crowded:  Occassional passing
Season:  September to June
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  WaterLocated in northern Scottsdale off the Thompson Peak Parkway: 18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255Paved road or trail to the trailhead
Bell Pass Trail via Gateway Loop   -   Moderate : 7 miles long : 1720ft to 3218ft (change 1498ft)
Bell Pass and Windgate Pass Loop Trail   -   Difficult : 9.7 miles long : 1720ft to 3218ft (change 1498ft)
Gateway Loop Trail   -   Moderate : 4.39 miles long : 1720ft to 2413ft (change 693ft)
Tom's Thumb   -   Moderate : 5 miles long : 2700ft to 3800ft (change 1100ft)
Pinnacle Peak Trail   -   Moderate : 3.55 miles long : 2380ft to 2889ft (change 509ft)
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