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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
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 www.tomsthumbfreshmarket.com/ 9393 East Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
This hike is cross posted with Greyhawk Hiking Club and Phoenix 2-Hour Beginner Hikers
Related Web sites:
WEBSITE: Trailmap (http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/#/pagepreserve.aspx)
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.