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Western Gateway Loop

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Varied loop making use of several trails in Western Gateway, great views.


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9.0

Miles

14.5

KM

98%

Runnable

4,543' 1,385 m

High

4,240' 1,292 m

Low

669' 204 m

Up

668' 204 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Overview

Long loop through the Western gateway area, making use of several underlying trails. Going anti-clockwise, the stretch on Girdner Trail heading north from the intersection with Axis is especially good. A singletrack gaining in height above dry creek with great views.

Need to Know

Large parking area away from the crowds, although one side of it is used for target practice sometimes, it can be a little noisy.

This is a winter hike, its very exposed to the sun in summer and regardless of the time of year, make sure you have lots of water.

Runner Notes

Good surface throughout, sand/gravel

Description

From the parking lot, follow the flat Arizona Cypress train, which has a sand surface for much of the way until reaching the intersection with "Connector". Make a right and criss-cross the bed of Dry Creek until hitting Rupp Trail. Make a right and start the climb where 360 views of the surrounding red rocks emerge.

After 2.25 miles make a left onto a small signposted connector trail (Rover Trail) which drops down to meet Axis at 3 miles. Follow Axis south for about 1.5 miles until it intersects Girder Trail. Make a left here and start the journey back to the parking lot. This is about halfway.

Girdner Trail has been re-routed here from old trails. It no longer follows the creek-bed, but travels higher up the slope. Walk Girder Trail for about 4 miles and make the left at the post to Snake Trail, which drops down to the starting point at Arizona Cypress.

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Shared By:

Peter Wright

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Rocky trail.
Mar 25, 2015 near West Se…, AZ

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