Bell Pass Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,187' 362 m
Descent: -622' -190 m
High: 3,197' 974 m
Low: 2,021' 616 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“This is a great climb trail with a long cruise back in to Scottsdale, or into Fountain Hills.”— B. Miner
This trail is great on the way back to McDowell Sonoran Preserve lodge. It's a nice flowing haul back to the parking lot, or wherever you came from if you didn't come up Gateway Loop Trail. So the higher you go, the longer it'll take to cruise back. That is, unless you came over from Fountain Hills via Dixie Mine Trail, to Prospector Trail and then to Bell Pass Trail. This is an epic journey from Fountain Hills. I would recommend a shuttle or driving accommodations, regardless of which direction you decide on.
-Bring enough water, tubes, etc. This trail can bust your chops.
-Potentially a lot of wildlife. Keep your eyes out.
-Have your big boy or girl panties on, it's like a staircase at the top.