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
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 Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
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"
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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.