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Easy Rolling 6

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 4.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy loop around the west side of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


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5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

95%

Runnable

2,297' 700 m

High

1,694' 516 m

Low

628' 191 m

Up

633' 193 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

An awesome loop run through the west McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. This route is singletrack over well-marked rolling terrain.

Runner Notes

This trail tends to be a little rocky, but it's super runnable.

Description

Leaving out of the Gateway Trail, run the Saguaro Trail on a slight uphill to the first sign and fork in the trail. Go right and follow the Gateway Loop Trail counter-clockwise around the mountain. Continue past the Paradise Trail and Bell Pass Trail turnoffs on your right.

Head uphill and over the Gateway Saddle for spectacular views of the north valley.

Heading past the saddle, cruise down a screaming downhill to the junction with the Windgate Pass Trail. Turn right on Windgate Pass Trail. Run rolling terrain for about a mile and you'll see the turn to the left onto the Desert Park Trail.

It's all downhill from here. You run around the mountain and under a few bridges back to the Gateway Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

Shared By:

Tom Dobson

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  4.0 from 7 votes

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Photos

Destination...Tom Thumb
May 15, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Bridge along the Desert Park Trail
Apr 12, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
McDowell Sonoran Preserve border. From the Desert Park Trail
Apr 12, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Lookout Point
Apr 12, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Trailhead at Daybreak
Apr 12, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Tunnel
Apr 12, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ

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Nov 22, 2020
Alden Woods
BRUTAL first two miles, then a gentle downhill for the rest. The last couple miles wind along a ritzy neighborhood and a golf course. 5.5mi
Apr 11, 2018
Jesse Smith
Easy rolling six?!?! More like brutal 2, then easy rolling 4. That first third is rough!! 5.5mi
Mar 4, 2017
Mike Terry
Apr 11, 2015
Tom Dobson
A little rocky but great eye opener — 1h 12m