Friday Morning Hike from Gateway Access Trailhead - MARCH Version

We'll meet near the restrooms at the Gateway entrance to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.   This hike will be paced at a mild rate, not an extreme fast fitness pace. These hikes will start on time and the expectation is that it will end at or before the stated end time for those who do need to get to work.


This is a recurring Friday morning hike starting from the Gateway Access trailhead. Now the temperatures have dropped and we are coming into hiking season we will start the hike later in the mornings.The hikes may vary each week, but will be 5 miles or less in length and should be done in two hours.

The trails in this area are very well marked and easy to follow with just a little preparation.  If you have any questions, please send a message to one of the organizers.

Please hydrate well the day before hiking. Bring lots of water, snack
s, good hiking footwear and a camera.

Trail Length: Gateway Loop 4.42 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Difficulty: Moderate
Facilities: Restrooms, water
Trail Style: lollipop style

It's not unusual for members of our group to go for coffee and/or food afterwards to Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market/Car-wash/Gas Station. Check out their menu:

Tom's Thumb Fresh Market www.tomsthumbfreshmarket.com/ 9393 East Bell RdScottsdaleAZ

Directions to trailhead: 101 North. Exit at Bell Rd. East to Thompson Peak. From Bell Road turn left (North) on Thompson Peak for 2 or 3 blocks. Look for brown sign on right "Gateway Trailhead"

Related Web sites:

http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/trails/trails+images/Preserve+Trails+Central.pdf
http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1314

Please make sure you either already know the trail or will study the map and know the route. We strongly encourage you to hike with at least one other person who is going about your same pace.

Each hiker assumes responsibility for knowing the trails and getting himself/herself back to the trailhead.

This hike is crossed posted with Trail Mix Hiking Club and Phoenix 2-Hour Beginner Hiking Club.

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  • Norm

    characteristically bitchen

    March 22, 2013

  • Cheryl Harbourn

    I THOROUGHLY enjoyed my hiking with the Grayhawk group. However, ended up having surgery on my foot so my hiking was greatly diminished. (bummer) As a "snowbird", I'll recoup at home and be back later this year and make up for lost time! See you then!

    March 22, 2013

  • Georgia

    I'm headed to Prescott now, but will join you next time.

    March 21, 2013

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