Gateway Loop Trail

MODERATE 480 reviews
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Gateway Loop Trail is a 4.3 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
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
685 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

42 minutes ago

Views on the trail is outstanding. Lots and lots of great cacti to enjoy. Solid moderate trail. Went with a guide, but with this app, you don’t need one at all. Will definitely be back!!

hiking
4 days ago

Nice loop trail. Easy climb, but with generous parking the trail can get crowded which can make it a challenge to move at a good pace

13 days ago

Good hike with nice views but really rocky. Constantly watching foot placement

hiking
14 days ago

We headed out early and glad we did as there were crowds of people arriving as we were leaving, maybe because it was a Saturday. Not much wildlife, saw some deer and that was about it, trails were well marked, it was a great workout!

hiking
17 days ago

Nice trail, with decent elevation gain. Lots of traffic and bikes. Would do again and in both directions. Lots of loose rocks so be careful.

hiking
17 days ago

Not a bad loop. The trail was packed (2 January) with kids and most turn back not knowing this is actual trail hiking. The only odd part was the “Snottsdale” effect. The unwritten hikers' code is to say “hey” “hi” “howdy” to people you pass along a trail. Here I ran into more people in one day with little/no water (complete inexperience in hiking) and the cold shoulder when greeted then I have in the last two years of A Lot of hiking around the country. I always laughed at the “Snottsdale” moniker because I usually have great experience in and around the town but I got the full Monty today. - lol.

So if you do hike this trail, think about bringing some extra water (I gave a bottle to a family who was sharing one bottle between them) for inexperienced hikers, expect some people to have a blank robot look hidden behind shades when you say hello.

The bad behind us, it is a really enjoyable area with great views and multiple trails to explore, making this a place to visit regularly. Experienced hikers will have an easy time but there are sections with some good inclines and the footing is pretty solid throughout! I will definitely return and now that I know the local scene it will be more enjoyable!!

hiking
19 days ago

Very good workout but the footing is extremely Rick with a great deal of loose sharp rocks. Be ready for a foot/ankle/knee pounding

hiking
20 days ago

Clean, beautiful, moderate trail.

28 days ago

I love this trail head so many different hikes to take.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful trail for moderate hikers. It's a little bit tough for average mountain biking, since there's quite a bit of climbing and rocking path. However, the view a long the trail is spectacular

1 month ago

The location makes it a great trail to hop on for a quick hike, or connect through to longer, more challenging hikes too. Great spot to watch the sunset over Scottsdale. Pretty busy trail.

2 months ago

Trail is in good shape. Pretty steady up then down. Extremely busy, and with that comes many people that are unaware of trail etiquette. Decent views. Overall kinda boring. The side trails looked more interesting.

2 months ago

definitely a rugged Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Terrific. Long slow incline, ditto descent.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail with beautiful views. Can easily add another mile on by hopping on adjoining trails. Fairly heavily trafficked with some loud talkers but definitely found moments of solitude. One of my favorite Phoenix area hikes so far.

2 months ago

Very crowded on the weekend. much better early a.m.

2 months ago

Enjoyed this trail while trying to get back in to hiking. Very well marked with many options available to challenge you.

hiking
2 months ago

Very busy trail so go early if you want to run or get in a good workout quickly. Loose rocks in areas so watch your footing. Not a great trail for mountain biking... too many hikers, walkers etc. love the scenery and well maintained trails. Beautiful!

2 months ago

great moderate trail with friendly people.

3 months ago

Easy hike with some ascent. Takes about 2 hrs

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