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Gateway to Bell Pass is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,738 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
3 hours ago

Always a great hike to top of Bell Pass. Warn today but not too hot. This is a rocky trail so be prepared

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Nice incline, gets your heart rate going. We started late around 9am, completed by noon...it’s hot. Tons of lizards...must be vigilant for rattle snakes-it’s that time of the year.

running
rocky
1 month ago

Admittedly I have been spoiled by the views on my hikes and trail runs the past week so this trail doesn’t really do it for me scenery-wise. However, if you use it as a trail run/uptempo hike it will definitely get your heart rate up, especially towards the top. It’s pretty rocky so it’s a tough trail run down, but if you’re looking for a nice weekday workout I’d give it a shot.

nice moderate trail in the beginning, definitely a steep consistent incline the last mile, then if you keep going on the app it leads into bell pass going downhill a bit. little to no shade, but very well maintained and marked

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great workout! The view was great and not busy. It is quite rocky though.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for a good, hard workout. View up top is good (not as great as Camelback or Squaw, but at least you don’t have the crowds at the top of Bell). Hiked up the morning after the March ‘19 snowstorm and the pass at the top was solid snow. Definitely special!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice hike. pretty moderate till you reach BP4 milestone then it gets a bit steep and more technical. You can skip the short section after Bell Pass and head straight back. not too many hikers/runners on the trail.

running
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

Fun hike/run in the rain and clouds this morning! Rocky, no sediment left in lower sections.

running
rocky
5 months ago

Very technical trail run

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Last mile is very steep and challenging but the view from the top is worth it

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Great hike. Crowded on gateway loop until we got to bell pass trail - then only saw about 7 people the rest of the hike. The last .5 is no joke - but worth it! Beautiful!

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

one of my absolute favorite hikes. the last mile really kicks your ass but it's well worth it

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

I think this is moderate plus; the last mile is steep and rocky. It is worth the effort!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Trailhead is fantastic in the preserve. The trails are well marked and clear of debris. Some really nice fews. Not very much shade but very comfortable in late October early morning hours. If you walk at all regularly and can walk hills this moderate rating is good if you do 3 to 5 miles pretty regularly this can be an on the low end of moderateZ

hiking
7 months ago

We started at 7am. 90min up slightly less back down. Fun scrambling near the top. Looking forward to Tom Thumb next weekend.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

This is not a moderate trail IMO. This was close to Hard for sure. A great hike and the trail is easy to follow. It’s tough because it is very rocky and quite long. I enjoyed that once you got about a mile away from the trailhead we didn’t see many other hikers. Definitely recommend but bring plenty of water. Took us about 3 1/2 hours

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
Sun May 05 2019

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rocky
Fri Apr 05 2019

Once you turn off the gateway loop and start heading towards Bell Pass, it is much less crowded.

hiking
Fri Apr 05 2019

No water. Avoid in summer.

hiking
Tue Mar 26 2019

Hiked this trail today with my 3 boys, ages 9, 11, and 13. They are avid hikers. Easy trail until the last mile or so. (I think it is worth doing the beautiful walking/hike portion until BP4 (marked Bell Pass sign) and turn around-if not looking for the strenuous part at the end. The trail is just beautiful! We had some of the best views around. We did go to the summit at 3200 feet. It was difficult to ascertain how much farther it was to the top (after climbing quite a ways up). My Fitbit said it was 9 miles roundtrip not 7. But that may be my stride. Overall would recommend! There are lots of rocks on parts of the trail so be sure to have good tread on shoes.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Good trail. Definitely a workout and nice solitude on the east end.

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