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The Bell Toll

 9 votes

Length

10.4 Miles 16.7 Kilometers


40%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,981' 604 m

Ascent

-1,982' -604 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

3,193' 973 m

High

1,695' 517 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 35 days ago
Dry - Dry, rocky, occasional hiker, be mindful of them and the switchbacks if you are heading down to the east. History

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Long, technical climbs with short, downhill sprints until you reach the Bell Pass Trail summit; then send it!

Tom B

Overview

The easiest way to access this trail is from the parking lot at 104th St and Bell Rd. From there, the 104th St. Trail will take you out to the beginning of Gateway Loop Trail. Catch your breath, stretch your legs and say a prayer. This loop knows no mercy. Expect and prepare for lots of loose, jagged/sharp rocks (read: flat tires), rolling switchbacks, and hike-a-bike sections. Lots of excellent views as well.
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Need to Know

Gear recommendation: helmet, elbow & knee pads, gloves.

Description

This is not for the faint of heart. Keep an eye out for trail markers. They are well marked and easy to read!

104th St. Trail --> North onto Gateway Loop Trail --> Straight onto Windgate Pass Trail --> South (right) onto Bell Pass Trail --> Left at the junction for Gateway Loop Trail --> 104th St. Trail and back to the parking lot.

You're going to work for this one. It's about six miles of MOSTLY technical climbing until you reach the summit of Bell Pass Trail and begin the three-mile downhill.

Once at the summit, a water and snack break is suggested. Stretch your legs some more. INSPECT YOUR BIKE for anything that may be loose. This point offers a great view of the McDowell Mountain Regional Park to the east along with a view of the famous Fountain Hills fountain. The descent is 80% singletrack, very steep with lots of switchbacks, and loose rocks. The price of failure will be painful to say the least.

Once you get back on the Gateway Loop Trail, the trail opens up but you need to keep watch for hikers. Early morning and late afternoon there will be tons of them. Enjoy!

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Jan 14, 2018
Paul Dal Pozzo
Oct 29, 2017
Robson Grubba
Jul 11, 2017
Brad Jameson
15.4mi
Apr 13, 2017
Chris Jaquet
Windgate to bell pass to gateway saddle to high desert to saguaro loop. Fun, steep, loose 14mi — 3h 00m
Apr 19, 2016
Michael Guidone
Super rocky now after all the rain. Lots of hikers first few miles. Bring an aggressive tire. Expect to hike a handful of sections. 11mi

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  3.1 from 9 votes

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