Gateway Loop - McDowells

  • April 19, 2013 · 8:00 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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  • Charles L C.

    You're welcome Jim and thanks. I had to go to work after the hike. Will try to make the next lunch in the future.

    April 21, 2013

  • Jim K.

    This was one of those ultimate mornings! The hike was great; nice mix of people. I was very glad to see Hannah back with us, and it was fun having Charles on Gateway Loop for the first time. Actually, Charles was very helpful in the back of the group so thank you Charles! We somehow got disconnected from you at the end of the hike and we were hoping that you would join us at lunch.


    Lunch was fantastic as always. The colors today were phenomenal with very unique selections consumed. Hannah had the visual winner! I even veered away from the BLT. How does that happen?

    Rene ~ we missed you. Big time.

    April 19, 2013

    • Rene W.

      Look forward to seeing you soon

      April 20, 2013

  • pamela k.

    Sorry, I have an interview at 8......

    April 18, 2013

    • Jim K.

      We hope to see you next time, Pamela.

      April 19, 2013

  • Joe

    Gradual, steady uphill hike for the first half and easy downhill for the remainder.

    April 19, 2013

  • Cheri D.

    I have a sprained ankle. Can barely walk. When it heals up, I'll be back.

    April 17, 2013

  • Julia

    I would love to join, but I come from west of the western 101 and just north of Indian School rd. North of the Estrella Mountains basically. That drive would be rush hour hell.
    But I still want to come; I'm wondering if there's someone else also coming from anywhere on the west side? and perhaps we could carpool, are my thoughts obviously. Thanks

    April 16, 2013

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