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Windgate Pass/Bell Pass Loop

Please be ready to begin hiking from the trailhead at 7:30 AM. There are no carpool arrangements.


We will hike from Gateway Access Trailhead around the Bell Pass/Windgate Loop, about 9.5 miles in total.  We will hike clockwise up Windgate, over to Bell and return. 

Significant portions of these trails are rocky, though the trail surface on the east side of the mountains tends to be less so. Sturdy shoes / boots are recommended.  If you use hiking poles, they could be useful on this hike, especially descending Bell Pass.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve website is located here. (

Information below is for completing the loop.


Trail type: Lollipop loop

Estimated hiking time: [masked] hours.

Total distance: 9.5 miles.

Lowest elevation: 1,721 feet.

Highest elevation: 3,215 feet.

Change in elevation: 2,176 feet.

What to bring:plenty of water, snacks, a hat and wear hiking shoes/boots

Carpool location:none.

Directions to the Trailhead:Gateway Access Area is located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ


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  • Lorraine H.

    Wondering where Steve went? We never caught up to him! Hope you made it safely back to the Gateway Center, Steve.

    December 28, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Good hike, great time! Thanks Kathleen!

    December 28, 2013

  • Kathy

    Great hike

    December 28, 2013

  • Ralph L.

    Sorry, but I have family commitments that day

    December 26, 2013

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