10:00 am is the start time from the trailhead; there are no carpool arrangements
We will hike from Gateway Access Trailhead around the Windgate/Bell Pass Loop, about 9.5 miles in total. The direction of the hike will be decided the day of the hike by consensus of the group.
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.
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve website is located here. (http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve/)
Information below has two values: the first value is for Bell Pass and return; the second is for completing the loop.
Rating: DIFFICULT; DIFFICULT
Trail type: loop
Estimated hiking time: 3.5-4.5 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. [33° 38' 56.23" -111° 51' 32.96"]