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Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +675/580 ft
Total: 30 riders

Mountain Biking Phoenix Mcdowell / Wingate Pass / Bell Pass

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#351 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#11445 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, with some nice flowing singletrack downhill on the backside before coming back around. 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 Dixie Mine. You can also take routes all the way out to the McDowell Loop and competivite tracks.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
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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Trail conditions

Good (on Mar 10, 2019)
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  • dhurdle

    For Wingate Gateway - see my Gateway review. Lot erosion with zero sign of maintenance, now near-continuous steep often unrideable rock gardens, really hiking trails today IMHO

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  • ukwildcat216

    I actually stayed on Desert Park Trail most of the time. It is a pretty good out and back. Double and single track. I stopped basically at Troon, but you can take this all the way around to Gateway Loop on the backside of the mountain. This was pretty fun and a blast coming back down the mountain. Beware patches of deep gravel and a couple of thick rock gardens near the washes.

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