3 miles
Distance
622 ft
Climb
-1,019 ft
Descent
00:47:43
Avg time

Windgate Pass Details

  • Riding area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • 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
  • 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 mountain 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
    00:47:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:42
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Status:
on Jun 11, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 2.3 (7 votes)

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Windgate Pass Trail Reports

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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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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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