Nov 16, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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If you have not been to this trail head you may want to give yourself extra time. Due to time constraints we start our hikes on time.
This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.
This is a joint event with the Trail Mix group and Greyhawk Hiking Club. Come enjoy hiking the Gateway Loop in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve! It starts off flat, but there's a bunch of climbing towards the saddle. Gorgeous views await, then we come back around the other side of the mountain. You're encouraged to bring snacks, sun protection of some sort and must bring at least 2+ liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.
DISTANCE: 4.42 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 800 ft
TRAIL STYLE: Lollipop shape
DURATION: 2.50 hours
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.