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Gateway Loop - McDowells

  • Apr 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.

We'll meet near the restrooms at the Gateway entrance to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  The hiking paced will be at a mild rate, not an extreme fast fitness pace. The hikes may vary each week, but will be 5 miles or less in length and completed in less than 2 hours.  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. All the trails and intersections in McDowell Sonoran Preserve are well-marked.  Bring lots of water, durable hiking footwear, 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

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

This hike is cross posted with Greyhawk Hiking Club and Phoenix 2-Hour Beginner Hikers

Related Web sites:

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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  • Earnestine

    Great workout!! One of these days I'll get back in shape. Thanks!!

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Jim K.

      I think you are doing very well, Earnestine! So on Friday it was your turn to trot off, eh? I hope you had fun! I enjoyed this particular hiking group, and it was great to see you again! Have a terrific week!

      1 · April 8, 2013

  • Jim K.

    A great hike this morning! Yoe! We all settled into the proper pace, for today, and I ended up with great hiking partners all the way up and all the way down. I think someone is more athletic than she likes to admit.

    Man, I whipped around the regular market after our breakfast. My knees didn’t even hurt. The BLT with Egg gave me renewed strength and lubrication!

    "Sweat is the best cardiovascular agent known to man."

    Thanks Rene!

    April 5, 2013

    • Earnestine

      Hi Jim. It's always a pleasure to be in your company.

      1 · April 5, 2013

  • Cindy

    Sorry, something came up that prevents me from hiking this morning! :-(

    April 5, 2013

    • Jim K.

      Cindy, hope to see you on another hike soon!

      April 5, 2013

  • Rich

    Me allergies came around.

    April 5, 2013

  • Charles L C.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it!

    April 4, 2013

  • Ellie V.

    will try to make it.

    April 4, 2013

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