10.2 miles
1,977 ft
-1,978 ft
3,200 ft
High Point

10 miles with 2k feet of climbing

Detailed Description
Bell-Windgate-DesertPark Loop is a 10 mile moderately popular expert route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 1,977 ft with a max elevation of 3,200 ft then descends -1,978 ft.
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13 Reviews & Comments

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Courtcoleman2 (2 days ago)
Trail Desert Park
Loose gravel and creek bed rocks. Do not recommend.
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Wmhace (Oct 15, 2022 at 8:38)
Trail Gateway Loop
As of time of writing, Trailforks calls this Saguaro Loop Trail, and I’m not sure why. As far as I can tell, the name of this trail is Gateway Loop Trail.
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Ceasarmm (Dec 9, 2021 at 15:17)
Trail Desert Park
Stay away from desert pass, specially the direction Trail Forks shows. Very unpleasant trail with nothing but river rock and gravel, can’t pedal at all! I do a lot of rock gardens, black technical trails but this route is not even fun. Now, If you managed to make it, you will connect to black diamond Widgate Pass, down hill and with all the rocks, that one is fun.
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Lindseymo1 (Jan 13, 2021 at 11:33)
Trail Gateway Loop
This is a very rocky and somewhat technical climb. I would put this at the harder end of Blue, possibly even a Black. I usually stick to Blues, and this was definitely a lung buster for me and required some walking. It’s a nice challenge though for an intermediate rider looking to test their skills.
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ea247 (Oct 20, 2020 at 15:35)
Trail Gateway Loop
Beautiful. Lots of diverse desert flora. Pretty easy biking
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stonecreekr (Apr 22, 2020 at 14:24)
This is super technical, hard climbing. Fun only if you like that kind of thing..
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mtbracerrrr (Jun 12, 2018 at 15:33)
Trail Desert Park
Great Trail to ride!
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Ambler (Jan 7, 2018 at 13:04)
I've only ridden the section from Prospector down to Windmill and I would consider it BLUE. Its one of my favorite trail segments in this area, very spectacular views and well worth the effort of the Prospector climb. To ride the other direction, Windmill to Prospector, is a long, quite steep climb, but it's not technically difficult.
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happyboyc (Nov 29, 2017 at 15:39)
Trail Bell Pass
Did a huge 19 mile loops starting at lost dog trailhead and this was the golden moment... I think the description is pretty accurate ... Zero flow, nice and chunky, some drops but nothing big just old school gnar, Loved it.
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Tanman34 (Nov 15, 2017 at 8:44)
Trail Desert Park
Good trail to warmup for windgate Pass. Much easier alternative to taking gateway loop trail
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Tanman34 (Nov 15, 2017 at 8:43)
Very difficult trail! Steep gradients with excessive amounts of rocks. Still over it cause of the challenge but I recommend sufficient armor for this- ( knee and arm pads at least)
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Tanman34 (Nov 9, 2017 at 6:36)
Trail Bell Pass
I have ridden this uphill first 3/4 mile is rideable then some hiking after that
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Scooter1969 (Dec 30, 2016 at 12:11)
Trail Desert Park
Only rode southern half (accessed via TPP) and very rocky - trail is well defined but lots of rocks. I enjoyed riding it and would do again.

Trails in Route


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    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Bell-Windgate-DesertPark Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,697 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,718 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,716 ft
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,753 ft
Avg: 2 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Nov 18, 2022 @ 2:53am
Nov 18, 2022
Rains have continued to wash away dirt around the many rocks
Gateway Loop
Oct 16, 2022 @ 7:00am
Oct 16, 2022
Desert Park
Sep 15, 2022 @ 5:35pm
Sep 15, 2022
rocky, chunky uphill burn.
Windgate Pass
Mar 19, 2022 @ 9:30am
Mar 19, 2022
Wingate pass has recently been groomed. I haven't ridden this in some time but it seems to be in much better condition than I remember. The recent trail work has left some areas loose but it should be great in a couple weeks. Still a hike a bike in a lot of places going west to east. East to West is much more ridable.
Bell Pass
Jan 18, 2022 @ 3:34pm
Jan 18, 2022
Lots of steep drops off and pushing your bike down hill. Needs lots of repair
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