The Gateway Loop at McDowell Mountain Range

I started this hiking adventure with the Gateway Loop at the McDowell Mountain Range. I choose this location because the Gateway Loop is very easy for beginner hikers like myself… plus it’s an awesome mountain range.  It is one of greenest mountain ranges I’ve seen so far in the Valley. Being a Midwest girl, I always miss the green of trees and grass that I’m used to. And while there is no grass or big maple tress out there on the range you certainly have stunning views of green forgery all around you.

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So the Gateway Loop is just how it sounds. It’s a loop around a portion of the mountain. Upon arriving at the trail sign we decided to start by going left and making our way around. (A hiking friend of mine told me this is a easier way to do the trail.) The trail is pretty much flat all the way around. At certain points there are parts that go up, but nothing too sternous. It’s enough to just get your heart rate beating a little more! But for the most part, it’s flat and gives you beautiful views of Scottsdale and the mountain.

The loop is 4.4 miles long and took us about an hour and a half to do. Although it’s not technically the middle – but I consider it the middle – is known as the gateway saddle. Which is the highest point of this trail which is 2,378 feet.

Gateway Saddle
Gateway Saddle

From what I researched, there are a few different trailheads that will get you here. The one we used is on Bell and 104th St.

I started this hiking adventure with the Gateway Loop at the McDowell Mountain Range. I choose this location because the Gateway Loop is very easy for beginner hikers like myself… plus it’s an awesome mountain range.  It is one of greenest mountain ranges I’ve seen so far in the Valley. Being a Midwest girl, I always miss the green of trees and grass that I’m used to. And while there is no grass or big maple tress out there on the range you certainly have stunning views of green forgery all around you.

So the Gateway Loop is just how it sounds. It’s a loop around a portion of the mountain. Upon arriving at the trail sign we decided to start by going left and making our way around. (A hiking friend of mine told me this is a easier way to do the trail.) The trail is pretty much flat all the way around. At certain points there are parts that go up, but nothing too sternous. It’s enough to just get your heart rate beating a little more! But for the most part, it’s flat and gives you beautiful views of Scottsdale and the mountain.

McDowell Mountains

The loop is 4.4 miles long and took us about an hour and a half to do. Although it’s not technically the middle – but I consider it the middle – is known as the gateway saddle. Which is the highest point of this trail which is 2,378 feet.

From what I researched, there are a few different trailheads that will get you here. The one we used is on Bell and 104th St.

101 to Bell, head toward the mountain turn left on Thompson Peak go down a little bit and the trail head will be on your right.

For more information about the McDowell Mountain and the locations of the trailheads please click here.

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