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Christmas Morning McDowell Mountain Average Hike

  • Dec 25, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Gateway Loop - McDowells Mountain Park in Scottsdale

This is an average Hike which means there is a decent amount of elevation gain (almost 800 ft) but the gain is not that steep and is only a portion of the hike. If you hike Camelback or Piestewa regularly this is an easy hike for you.  We will hike the 4.5 mile loop clockwise.

We will begin hiking no later than 9:40am. The hike should take about 2 hours.  Please bring at least 1 liter of water and dress in layers because it may be cold and windy.

Park Map: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/preserve/Gateway+Trails.pdf

hiking profile:  http://www.meetup.com/EastValley-Single-Adventurers/photos/10921222/#[masked]

Hiking Difficulty Descriptions


You can access the trailhead and parking area from Thompson Peak Parkway and Bell Road (see above map).  Meet the group near the large map by the bathrooms.  The Conservancy will be hosting this same hike half an hour earlier but they should be gone from the meeting area by 9:15am (they will be wearing blue).  If you see them that is not our group.



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  • Ross M.

    I had a great time! It was nice to get together and have some great conversations. Thanks for hosting, Lisa!

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I liked mtg new people. Looking forward to more hikes.

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a blast with great people!!! Thank you can't wait to do it again :) YAY~~

    December 25, 2013

  • Jennifer

    As always, THANKS LISA!!

    December 25, 2013

  • Luis (the R.

    Nice hike today. Sorry I did not get to meet each person individually. Hope you will all come to my New Years Day kickball picnic in Scottsdale. Come by anytime. Leave when you want.

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group. Thanks for the warm welcome.

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought I knew exactly where this place was, as I used to live near by. I have gotten myself lost. If I find it I will jog to catch up. I feel ridiculous! !! Should have checked the map. :(

    December 25, 2013

    • Lisa

      We are going counter clockwise starting at 9:40.

      December 25, 2013

    • Lisa

      Oops sorry - clockwise!!!!!

      December 25, 2013

  • Lisa

    Here - by the map. No santa hat but i am wearing red.

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was so looking forward to this, family commitment will not allow. Next time, have fun!

    December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just extending an invitation for tonight. I know many may not be with their family this year as many of us are transplants, please join myself and some friends for drinks and Christmas play in Scottsdale.;). Anybody is welcome! 430 at Goldie's sports cafe ..;).. I'll see you for the hike tomorrow.;).. Yay

    1 · December 24, 2013

    • Ross M.

      Silly iPad! I wasn't done... I signed up for the hike just for that reason, to get out and be with people today. I wish they didn't conflict!

      December 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      no worries another time :)

      December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Angelina, I'll drop by Twin Peaks. If you see a guy looking around shortly after 4:30 that's probably me.

    December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bring my pooch

    December 24, 2013

    • Lisa

      Yes you can - if your dog wears a Santa hat :) just kidding.

      December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changed to Twin Peaks bar in Scottsdale... Sorry.. Contact me if you're coming..;)

    December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody up for wearing Santa hats? Would make for a great photo :)

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christmas morning breakfast with the parents. Another time

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll update my RSVP if anything changes, but it will depend on plans with family that day.

    December 16, 2013

  • Sherry

    i want to join the hike, but this will be a maybe.

    December 11, 2013

    • Lisa

      Meetup used to have a "maybe" option but they got rid of it years ago. I wish they would let organizers choose per event if maybe is an option. On a hike a maybe is no big deal. At a restaurant it causes problems.

      December 12, 2013

  • Lisa

    Oops park map link does not work anymore. I will find the new link soon and change the link.

    December 11, 2013

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