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Level: Advanced
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +205/ -192 ft
Total: 56 riders

Mountain Biking Gateway Loop

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#154 of 408 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#5,074 in the world

The trailhead has water, bathrooms, etc. The trail starts off shared with other short walking trails and such, then quickly becomes a steep and rocky ascent. The climb is challenging with the steepness and rock gardens all along the path. Other linked trails are the Tom's Thumb trail and the Wingate Pass and Bell Pass trails.

First added by Thorgron on May 26, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From North Phoenix, Take Bell Road east from AZ-101; go north on E. Thompson Peak Parkway; the entrance to the park will be a mile or so up the road on the right. "McDowell Sonoran Preserve"
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  • dhurdle

    Perhaps this Trail (as well as Wingate Pass) has changed significantly over time with erosion, there appears to be little to no sign of maintenance. As a result, these trails appear to me to have become (very heavily used) hiking trails. Unless you are an elite uphill technical rider, I'd stay away as a mountain biker. Try it if you like, but a miserable experience is a real possibility. So many wonderful Phoenix area trails, including gobs of technical ones, why bother with this?!

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  • ukwildcat216

    First timer on this trail. Took portions of 104th, Levee, Paradise, Gateway, and Quartz and it was fantastic. Really good mix of flats, hills, steep inclines/descents, in and out of washes...A couple of nice viewpoints as well looking back over the city. Most of the tracks from 104th to Paradise were doubletrack, but changed to singles once you hit Gateway. Great run

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