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Gateway Loop Trail

 3.1 (7)

3.6 Miles 5.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

623' 190 m

Ascent

-631' -192 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

2,379' 725 m

High

1,765' 538 m

Low

Shared By B. Miner

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

B. Miner

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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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Oct 14, 2017
Joe Zylla
Apr 29, 2017
Nanek Nanor
Mar 27, 2017
Levi Rajnowski
Mar 27, 2017
Greg Rajnowski
Dec 21, 2016
Colin Pollock
Very rocky and technical riding. Steep in sections that require gobs of cardio. 4.6mi — 0h 50m
Mar 24, 2016
Erik James
Jul 15, 2015
Ken Short

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