Gateway Loop Trail

MODERATE 675 reviews
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Gateway Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

5 days ago

it is fun hike but a bit crowded and some people talk during the hike.. which is not very relaxing to hear non-stop talking..
But hike is fun itself. try to start before the sunrise you will be fine. and bring more than 1 bottle of water per person.

hiking
6 days ago

Go early because it gets HOT! Very little shade, bring plenty of water. Views are nice, little traffic while I was there.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Great trail for hiking and mountain biking. If you do decide to bring the MTB be sure to come super early to avoid the crowds. Most single hikers will have headphones and not notice you're coming up behind them till the very last minute. Trail offers great views though and you'll only have to "hike a bike" once or twice.

25 days ago

I love this trail!

2 months ago

I like this moderate trail, it's a loop and it takes me about two hours to complete it. sometimes it can be little crowded tho, specially on Sundays.

hiking
2 months ago

Rocky desert trail gives you good exercise

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful hike, great for families. Bring water!!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike beautiful scenery, moderate trail condition

hiking
3 months ago

Always a good hike.

4 months ago

Great hike go early it gets hot!!

4 months ago

Very busy on weekends. Excellent facilities at base. Well marked. Great trail for tourists.

4 months ago

beautiful trail for a run. not hard and can easily be done in an hour to 1.5 hours

trail running
4 months ago

Absolutely love running this trail! Great workout. I go early at sunrise. Although the trail is marked as shorter it always clocks at 5.4-5.8 miles for me from the visitors center I think from zig zagging the terrain. Great views, and the cacti are blooming now

5 months ago

Can’t give a completely accurate review as we were in a rush to catch a fight so I only had about 45 min on trail. But nice steady incline, path rocky but manageable. Nice views. Wish I could have finished the whole trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Loved it!!

5 months ago

This is nothing but a workout trail for suburban white people. I walked in anticipating nature and good views but walked out three notches higher on the budding Scottsdale social ladder.

hiking
5 months ago

Scenic and nice variation to trail.

5 months ago

Fun hike, although gets pretty busy after 8 or so on a Saturday. Not a lot of wildflowers this year due to lower rainfall but the desert is still beautiful. Trail is ok with tennis shoes but much more comfortable with hiking footwear as it’s pretty rocky in places.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice loop trail, decent elevation, good easy distance. A but rocky for my liking... lots of time spent looking at the trail in front of my feet rather than the view. Amenities at the trailhead.

5 months ago

nice hike that takes you around one of the hills in the McDowell's. allows for plenty of views of north Scottsdale and dessert vegetation.

5 months ago

Views are fabulous

hiking
6 months ago

Fun little moderate trail up into the McDowell mountains, lots of great cacti to see up close, gorgeous views back into Scottsdale.

6 months ago

Nice Spring Break hike, beautiful views well maintained park!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, well defined/well marked trail. Easier side of moderate rating for sure! Views are nice, but not spectacular. Can lengthen your hike with connecting trails if preferred. Nice parking lot, restrooms and even a dog fountain at trail head. Took dogs and they did fine, a bit rocky but no issues with cholla.

6 months ago

Fantastic place to trail hike/jog! Beautiful scenic views and trails are wide and well marked. Quite rocky which I liked, more challenging than just a dirt trail. Didn’t see many wildflower....not sure when they are in season. Handy to have convenient parking, restrooms and filtered water fountain at the trail head.

hiking
6 months ago

Great Hike

hiking
6 months ago

we decided last minute to go for a hike instead of a walk. It was a great trail. we hadn't planned on doing the 4.2 mile loop but got lost in the views and ended up at the saddle and at that point we figured may as well do the whole loop. It was a little on the rocky side causing me to slip as Blue pulled me along but that is was hiking is all about. so much better than a neighborhood walk

hiking
6 months ago

This wasn’t my favorite hike but it was still a nice hike. It was crowded but that’s to be expected on a Saturday. Nice views of Scottsdale.

6 months ago

Perfect trail for the day.

6 months ago

Loved it!

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