Windgate Pass Details
The three main routes for crossing the McDowells are Tom's Thumb, Windgate Pass, and Bell Pass. Of these, Windgate Pass Trail offers the most climbable trail, though it is by no means easy. It is most often climbed from west to east, mainly because most of the riders come from the west side and driving around through Fountain Hills is time consuming. It is a long climb, taking around an hour to summit from the Gateway trailhead, and there are only a few easy sections to catch your breath. There are 3 or 4 really difficult sections where the pitch increases, loose rocks abound, and most riders dismount for a bit. As a downhill, it is 100% rideable for most riders and easier than the Bell Pass DH. Still, the overall rockiness makes it difficult to get a flow going.
Most commonly accessed from Gateway Loop Trail. Alternate entries on the west side include Desert Parks Trail and Tom's Thumb Trail. From the east side, access via Coachwhip, Windmill, East End, or Bell Pass Trails.
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More Stats for Windgate Pass mountain bike trail
Altitude change-397 ft
Altitude min2,175 ft
Altitude max3,035 ft
Altitude start2,572 ft
Altitude end2,175 ft
Distance climb1.6 miles
Distance down1.5 miles
Distance flat497 ft
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Routes with this trail
|McDowell's climbing training suffering route||21.3 miles|
|West to East McDowell Loop||27.0 miles|
|Trans-McDowell Route||38.4 miles|
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