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Gateway to Paradise - McDowells

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This hike is rated EASY.

Join me for an easy hike from the Gateway trailhead of the McDowells. Our route will take us directly into the preserve where we will travel parallel to the Levee trail. Our goal will be to reach the Paradise trail and head back along a short portion of the Gateway Loop. This trek will give you beautiful views of the preserve while staying on easy and generally flat parts of the trails. You're encouraged to bring snacks, a camera, and must bring at least 2 liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.

DISTANCE: 3 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 250 ft
TRAIL STYLE: Lollipop style
DURATION: < 2 hours
DOGS: Yes, if leashed.
FACILITIES: Bathroom and water fountain
WEBSITE: Trailmap
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.

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  • Pam C.

    Loved the hike today !!!

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Janette

      It was so nice hiking with you Pam - Hope to see you at another hike soon! :)

      February 25, 2013

  • Janette

    Great hike! I'll definitely try that one again!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Valerie

    Great hike and nice people

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun time as always, Thanks, Kaveh.

    February 24, 2013

  • Doug B

    Fun group, fun hike. Thanks to all.

    February 24, 2013

  • Jean

    Fun hike, liked it a lot! Very pretty out there.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Jim K.

    This was a totally refreshing morning and hike. So I feel like a new man! Perfect weather and a good breeze too. I like the ‘unmapped’ trail exploration. My favorite part of the hike was the wide rocky wash and then the Paradise Trail climb to the Gateway Loop. Fantastic!

    Thanks Kaveh!

    February 24, 2013

  • Arminda

    HI Kaveh, I will now need to catch a future hike with the group. Have a great time.

    February 24, 2013

  • Janette

    Hopefully coming on Sunday if we aren't too sore from Saturday's hike :)

    February 22, 2013

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