Gateway Loop Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Gateway Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles 685 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
28 days ago

Like it a lot. Steeper coming up the north side of trail and a gradual decline on south side

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this one. Beautiful August morning a little overcast. Great moderate hike, rocky terrain, not bad for a beginner trail runner.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Great loop at around 4 1/2 miles, not too difficult, somewhat crowded. Hiked late March, was hoping for more wildflowers, didn't see much. Great views of Tom's thumb and Thompson Peak as well as the valley. Everybody was friendly and the visitor center is helpful. I really appreciate what they have done with these trails around here. Lot's of fun!

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3 months ago

This hike does not give a very rewarding view. But very pleasing vegetation and large cacti when hiking in early March. Nice trail to take the dogs for a walk very gradual incline with lots of ups and downs. This trail connects to a lot of other trails which may make it more interesting.

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4 months ago

Only 86 in late May. Not crowded. Crystal clear day. You feel far from the hustle of Phoenix here

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4 months ago

Very rocky. Make sure your ankles are prepared for some twists and turns. Just was not a huge fan compared to Pinnacle Peak Trail.

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4 months ago

Nice trail although fairly rocky.

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4 months ago

The Scottsdale City Council and special interests are pushing to take 30 acres from the Gateway preserve to build a 74,000 sq ft Desert Discovery Center (DDC) in the Gateway preserve at a cost of $74 million. They are seeking to create a commercial enterprise (along with restaurants, shops, etc) inside the delicate preserve. This is being done WITHOUT a vote from the public. Watch this video from Councilman Guy Phillips (made this with his own money) https://youtu.be/cJk_tsttCKM. Let's keep the Preserve a preserve and say NO to the DDC being built in the Gateway Preserve. Tell Mayor Lane, the City Council and the DDCS to find another place to build the Desert Discovery Center! citycouncil@scottsdaleaz.gov

5 months ago

This hike was great, long but great you'll start to hike and begin to wonder when it's going to end. The last is kind of tough going straight up.

5 months ago

make sure you grab a map if you're not familiar with the trails. my five mile hike turned into a nine plus mile hike

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail for a beginner to intermediate hiker. I like it more as it gives access to the more remote areas of the MSP where you are not in a crowd of hikers. I believe the loop is approximately 4 miles with another .4 to get on the loop, so takes about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace to complete.

6 months ago

my fav

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful scenery, gradual incline up and gradual incline down the loop. Easy hike with great views as always on McDowell Mt

6 months ago

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6 months ago

Amazingly maintain trail. Not sure why the map has you go up and down that panhandle, but it's a true loop without that down and back portion. Highly recommend to those in the valley.

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7 months ago

Great trail, 4.6 miles from gateway trailhead, busy but not packed, awesome volunteers at the trailhead!!

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

This trail is very enjoyable. There is a beautiful lookout once you get a little less than halfway up the trail (when starting on the left). Great for either hiking or exercise. I saw many dogs and many people of different age groups. It took about 1 1/2 hours to do just the Gateway trail Loop. Very beautiful scenery can be found throughout the entire hike. I also saw multiple mountain bikers. Overall very enjoyable and I will be going back.