McDowell Mountain: Gateway Loop Trail [4.5mi][+/-650ft]

Join me for an early Saturday morning hike at McDowell Mountain. We'll reconvene after the hike for some lunch nearby.

Please bring adequate water, sunblock, a hat and good shoes. The hike itself should take 2-2.5 hours. 

Gateway Loop

Description: A 4.5 mile loop that wanders up to a low saddle before winding back to the Gateway Trailhead. The length and grade changes make this a moderately difficult hike, but one worth trying. Make your way at an enjoyable pace while enjoying the wildflowers and wildlife. Kids with hiking experience may be able to enjoy this hike.

Hike Directions: Follow the main trail from the parking area to the Gateway Loop trail. Turn left to begin the loop. Turn right at the junction with the Windgate Pass trail. Follow the Gateway Loop trail over the Gateway Saddle viewpoint to the junction with the Bell Pass trail. Turn right and stay on the Gateway Loop trail all the way back to the Saguaro trail junction, bearing right at a number of trail junctions. Turn left at the Saguaro trail and go westward back to the parking area.

Roundtrip Distance: 4.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 650 feet

- See more at: http://mcdowellsonoran.org/trailhead/displayHike/1#sthash.vj5oU7P0.dpuf

Trailhead map: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/preserve/Gateway+Trails.pdf

Yelp! http://www.yelp.com/biz/mcdowell-sonoran-preserve-scottsdale

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  • Harry K

    Heading to trailhead

    November 2, 2013

  • Steven

    I'm here in front of the restroom wearing white asu hat,

    November 2, 2013

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    A former member

    I'm here. Waiting near the restrooms. Have a pink Boston hat on.

    November 2, 2013

  • Harry K

    On the eay

    November 2, 2013

  • Steven

    I'll meet you all at the trailhead; here is my cell number for reference:[masked]

    -Steven

    November 1, 2013

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    A former member

    Love this trail!

    October 30, 2013

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