GATEWAY/BELL PASS/WINDGATE PASS/LOOP DAYHIKE - McDowell Sonoran Preserve, North Scottsdale
Saturday, January 30th
Leader: Craig Barnett (email@example.com)
Length: 9.5 miles loop OR 4.4 mile (easy self led) loop
Please RSVP with the hike leader before 1/28.
MEET at MSC Gateway Access Center, 18333 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, 1/2 mile north of Bell Rd, at 9 AM SHARP.
If you have paid your $15.00 annual membership the hike is free, otherwise the cost is $3.00; the hike leader has a list of paid members.
NOTE 1/8/10: THE KAISER SPRINGS DAYHIKE HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH THIS DAYHIKE.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/) (MSC) has built several beautiful new trails that wander away from civilization up through the Sonoran Desert.
Starting from the Gateway Access Center, we'll head east to the Gateway Loop Trail, then the Bell Pass Trail, and climb to the pass (3204'). We will continue down to Windgate Trail, and return west, climbing again up to Windgate Pass (3021'). The trail soon drops back to the Gateway Loop Trail, and back to our cars (9.5 miles). Both passes offer terrific views of Four Peaks to the east, and the north valley to the west.
But wait, there's more! Those who prefer a shorter, easier hike can stay on the Gateway Loop Trail (4.4 miles). Either way, the trails are in excellent condition. After the hike we may do lunch.
MSC Interactive Trail Map (http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/map.html)
HikeAz trail write-up (http://www.hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1322)
Don't be a 'flake'..... please clear your schedule BEFORE you RSVP 'yes' and honor your commitment.
Remember CA$H for lunch afterwards.
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