3.5 miles
682 ft
-682 ft
Avg time

Gateway Loop Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year round
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Gateway Loop is a very popular hike and bike route due to its easy access, short distance, and great views. There is no preferred direction, but the climbing is slightly more gradual if you ride it in the clockwise direction. You will see lots of hikers and runners, especially on weekends, so please ride under control and be courteous. The trail surface is standard McDowell stuff--plenty of rocks, but not much in the way of drop-offs. Better riders should be able to clean almost all of this trail. Plan on 45 minutes or so to complete the loop.

Access Info

Park at Gateway Trailhead, ride across metal bridge onto Gateway Access Trail, which drops you onto Gateway Loop Trail. You can also access the loop from 104th St Access Trail, Horseshoe Trail, Paradise Trail, Bell Pass Trail, and Windgate Pass Trail.

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More Stats for Gateway Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude min
    1,762 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,381 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,843 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,843 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.6 miles
  • Distance down
    1.8 miles
  • Distance flat
    357 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 3 (5 votes)

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Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:36pm
Apr 26, 2015
Gateway Loop, Scottsdale

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