4 miles
682 ft
-682 ft
Avg time

Gateway Loop Details

  • Riding area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
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
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    357 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Mar 2, 2018
Avg: 2.9 (8 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to gateway-loop trailhead (33.645044, -111.848034)
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Gateway Loop Trail Reports

Mar 2, 2018 @ 6:09pm
Mar 2, 2018
Trail is typical Arizona dry. Still pretty Rocky and the recent rains may of loosened it up a bit. Tough climb to the top but I made it..
Jan 20, 2018 @ 8:18pm
Jan 20, 2018
It rained a couple hours before I did ride gateway loop. Most of the loop is very Rocky which made it it a little more challenging since some of...
Dec 3, 2017 @ 2:33pm
Dec 3, 2017
Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:20pm
Dec 30, 2016
Lots of loose rock on exposed rock trail! Fun ride - lots of others on trail (hikers/runners) that some pay attention and others do not so be...
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Mar 2, 2018 @ 6:13pm
Mar 2, 2018
Gateway Loop, My City
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Mar 2, 2018 @ 6:12pm
Mar 2, 2018
Gateway Loop, My City
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Jan 24, 2018 @ 10:22am
Jan 24, 2018
Gateway Loop, Mesa
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Jan 21, 2018 @ 9:42am
Jan 21, 2018
Gateway Loop, Mesa

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