4 miles
Distance
682 ft
Climb
-682 ft
Descent
00:23:20
Avg time

Gateway Loop Details

  • Riding area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year round
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • 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
    -63.458%
  • Grade min
    55.248%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    357 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:20
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:52
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Status:
on Dec 30, 2016
Very Dry
Avg: 2.85 (7 votes)

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Gateway Loop Trail Reports

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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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Gateway Loop, Scottsdale
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Gateway Loop, Fountain Hills
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Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:17pm
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Gateway Loop, Fountain Hills

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