3 miles
Distance
622 ft
Climb
-1,019 ft
Descent
00:43:43
Avg time

Windgate Pass Details

  • Riding Area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year round
  • Global Ranking
    #44224 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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.

Access Info

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Windgate Pass bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -397 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,175 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,035 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,572 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,175 ft
  • Grade
    -2.41%
  • Grade max
    -54.635%
  • Grade min
    47.106%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    497 ft
  • Avg time
    00:43:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:42
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Status:
on Sep 1, 2018
Dry
Avg: 2.5 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
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Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Windgate Pass Trail Reports

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      Sep 1, 2018 @ 7:04am
      Sep 1, 2018
      Hiking the trail this morning. Agree with the comment about a lot of hiking if you’re heading east. Almost all uphill. Most mountain bikers are ...
      Jun 11, 2017 @ 12:46pm
      Jun 11, 2017
      Lots of climbing if going west to east. Some of it might be hike-a-bike for unskilled climbers. Occasional hiker and other mountain bikers. Very...
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 6:44pm
      Mar 24, 2017
      Great doable climb with great rewards on the descent
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 9 rides
      • 47 miles avg distance
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      • 98 rides
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      Photos

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      Jan 20, 2017 @ 3:38pm
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      Windgate Pass, My City

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag 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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