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The Bell Toll

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 3.0 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

10.4

Miles

16.7

KM

40%

Singletrack

3,193' 973 m

High

1,695' 517 m

Low

1,981' 604 m

Up

1,982' 604 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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.

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!

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom B with improvements by Zander Göpfert

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 17 votes

#2958

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  3.0 from 17 votes
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#113

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#2,958

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Photos

Looking towards Scottsdale from Windgate Pass.
Jan 29, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Top of Windgate Pass.
Jan 29, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Climbing up towards Bell Pass.
Jan 29, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Enjoy this view from the top of the pass looking east along the Windgate Pass Trail.
Jan 29, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
Bask in the scenic views from the top of the pass as you take a break and prepare for your next move!
Jan 29, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
An early morning on the Windgate Pass Trail.
Apr 13, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ

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Oct 20, 2020
Ed Gill
Too rocky and rough for MTB. Better suited to hikers. Gateway loop busy with hikers. Not recommended. — 1h 00m
Sep 14, 2020
ed navas
Nov 25, 2019
John Mount
Jun 8, 2019
Martin Monarrez
Not very rideable. There were a lot of Saturday hikers out. It's suited more for hiking.
Feb 24, 2019
Josh M
First time on this trail. Pretty gnarly rocks with a few walk areas for sure. Overall a fun beautiful ride!
Nov 24, 2018
Suki Dawg
Jan 14, 2018
Paul Dal Pozzo
Oct 29, 2017
Robson Grubba