Gateway Loop Trail

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Gateway Loop Trail

Hiking Trail

Gateway Loop Trail

by: Honza
Location:  Scottsdale, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8586    Latitude:  33.6495
A popular daily hiking loop hike through the scenic McDowell mountains.
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 will lead you to the Bell Pass Trail branch off and taking a left goes to the Windgate Pass Trail.

Either way you take, you will reach the Gateway Loop turn-offs in about a mile. The middle mile/portion of this loop is the connection of the Bell and Gateway Pass trails and offers the highest point of elevation on this loop.
Trail Distance:  4.39 miles round-trip
Elevation:  1720ft - 2413ft   (change 693ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
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)
Windgate Pass Trail via Gateway Loop   -   Difficult : 7.7 miles long : 1721ft to 3045ft (change 1324ft)
Bell Pass and Windgate Pass Loop Trail   -   Difficult : 9.7 miles long : 1720ft to 3218ft (change 1498ft)
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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