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Trail

3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,187' 362 m
Descent: -622' -190 m
High: 3,197' 974 m
Low: 2,021' 616 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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Trail shared by B. Miner

This is a great climb trail with a long cruise back in to Scottsdale, or into Fountain Hills.

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This trail is normally accessed off the Gateway Loop Trail, ridden a mile or so, then back. However, it can access the Prospector Trail to the Dixie Mine Trail in Fountain Hills. After a mile or so, (in my opinion, at the green storage container before the switchbacks) the trail becomes a steep hike and it's time to turn around... Unless you are a beast and want to power through the next mile of steep switch backs to the saddle. The view is gorgeous at the top.

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.

Recommendations:
-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.

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Pretty rough climb, with definite hike-a-bike sections. Overall pretty fun and once you get past bottom where all the hikers are, it gets more peaceful. Jan 29, 2018

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