December 30, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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This hike is rated DIFFICULT.
Join me for a hike to Bell Pass in the McDowells! It starts off on a gradual incline, but the last two miles to the Pass holds 1,200 feet of elevation change. At the Pass, you will be rewarded with terrific views of Four Peaks, Superstitions, and the Phoenix Mountains. On the way back, we'll add in the Gateway Loop for a little extra distance and workout. You're encouraged to bring snacks, sun protection of some sort, at least 2-3 liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.
DISTANCE: 8 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 1500 ft
TRAIL STYLE: Olive & toothpick style: --0--
DURATION: 3.5 hours
DOGS: Yes, if leashed.
FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain
DIRECTIONS: The address is 18333 Thompson Peak Pkwy in Scottsdale and is located on the east side of the street just north of the Bell Rd intersection. The entry street to the trailhead is labeled Carla Way. The Google map link above will get you there.