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Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 623' 190 m
Descent: -631' -192 m
High: 2,379' 725 m
Low: 1,765' 538 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by B. Miner

Rocky loop with steady uphills turning in to remotely steep switchbacks before the saddle each way.

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Description

You can access the Gateway loop from a number of trails. The most popular access point being the McDowell Sonoran Preserve parking lot then a half mile ride to the loop. Beware, it is fairly rocky here.

Clockwise and counter-clockwise are each enjoyable rides. Both of which have a steady uphill, followed by steep switchback climbs. Once to the saddle, it's the same way on the way back down in each direction. There are trail heads heading east towards Fountain Hills, and north towards Tom's thumb if you decide to go exploring.

This is a fun, not too challenging ride. Some areas by the saddle can be a bit hairy if you aren't experienced.

Recommendations:
- Ride early or at night when there are fewer hikers.
- Direction to ride: Ride wherever the incline is shadowed, depending on the time of day, season and sun. Or whatever you are feeling.
- This trail is awesome after a nice rain.

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Jun 10, 2019
Dylan Eggebrecht
Lotssss or uphill from the start 1.8mi — 0h 26m
May 25, 2019
Sancar Dumlupinar
May 16, 2019
Lost Justpastnowhere
Apr 20, 2019
Sean Terrillion
4.6mi — 0h 49m
Oct 14, 2017
Joe Zylla
Apr 29, 2017
Nanek Nanor
Mar 27, 2017
Levi Rajnowski
Mar 27, 2017
Greg Rajnowski

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