Gateway Loop - McDowells

  • January 4, 2013 · 10:00 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

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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  • David T.

    Thanks Rene!

    January 5, 2013

  • Rene W.

    great day to have a hike

    January 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    I got lost and then ended up at the wrong loop... a nice short hike anyhow. I'll meet up with you guys again.

    January 4, 2013

  • Kim K.

    I am coming from Peoria and do not know the area. Is is North or East Thompson peak Parkway. The website address does not work.

    January 3, 2013

    • Jeanette W.

      East Thompson Peak Parkway. Near the intersection of Bell Road and Thompson Peak Pkwy.

      January 4, 2013

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