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Gateway Loop

This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.

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. The hikes may vary each week, but will be 5 miles or less in length and should be done in less than 2 hours. We like to start on time  All the trails and intersections in McDowell Sonoran Preserve are well-marked. This hike is cross posted with Greyhawk Hiking Club and Phoenix 2-Hour Beginner Hiking Club. Please hydrate well the day before hiking and bring lots of water, snacks, 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
Dogs: yes

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 9393 East Bell RdScottsdaleAZ



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  • Tiffany T.

    Had a great time. Thanks!!!

    April 19, 2013

  • Teri S.

    It was great! Not too easy and not too difficult.

    April 19, 2013

  • Asta H.

    Great hike, perfect weather, great group. We missed you Rene.

    April 19, 2013

  • michelle h.

    Great day for a hike

    April 19, 2013

  • Steve

    Rene, I won't make it this morning, we didn't get back from the Superstition hike until late last night. See you next time

    April 19, 2013

  • Amy

    So sorry that I'm going to end up missing today. Have a great time and hopefully I'll see you all soon.

    April 19, 2013

  • Tiffany T.

    See you there

    April 18, 2013

  • Pati H.

    Activity conflict, ooops!

    April 17, 2013

  • Pati H.

    Will look forward to hiking through the bloom in like-minded company!

    April 10, 2013

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