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Bell Pass Trail via Gateway Loop

Hiking Trail

Bell 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 Thompson Peak.
Features and Interests:   Mountain and city views
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Saguaro  Saguaro
Starting at the Gateway Trailhead, you will begin a gentle elevation gain and connect to the Gateway Loop trail in about 1/2 mile. Taking the Gateway Loop right, in a mile you will take the Bell Pass Trail branch off to the right.

From this point, you will begin your ascent of 1200 feet over 2 miles to the Bell Pass. The trail is a little rocky but relatively easy going until the last 1/2 mile, or so, where it turns into switch-backs with steep gains. Offering great views of the surrounding mountains including Thompson Peak, make sure to take some breaks and turn around! About a 1/4 mile from the Bell Pass, the path diverges and you can choose the more direct, steeper route on left or the longer route to the right. The paths converge and lead you to the Bell Pass at 3204ft.
Trail Distance:  7 miles round-trip
Elevation:  1720ft - 3218ft   (change 1498ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, 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
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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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