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Levee Trail to Bell Pass is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,528 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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1 month ago

great hike! at first i felt the top wasn’t that high cause there’s two higher mountains on each side but the view was still good

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1 month ago

I don’t m ow if I’d say it’s super hard... maybe a little over moderate. The first part is flat which was fine nice scenic views. Then basically you go up for like 1.8 miles, which the last bit is def an ass kicker and leg burner. Overall very enjoyable, well marked, nice views..... nothing overly difficult though.

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3 months ago

This is a great hike with gorgeous views the entire way. The poppies were out today. Be prepared for the large majority of the elevation gain to come in the last mile, but I would still call this hike moderate rather than hard. Will hike again.

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rocky
3 months ago

2 miles in the beginning is pretty easy and I would recommend to start early as that way you can beat sun hitting your face directly..!! Views were decent.. Would recommend..!!

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rocky
4 months ago

The Levee Trail approach is easy. Very gentle grade up / down. Could have been a former ATV Trail. Lightly traveled. Levee leads to Gateway Loop with many more hikers. Rocky, moderate difficulty. Some runners, no bikers. Bell’s Pass Trail is difficult, but worth the effort. Impressive views and less traveled than Gateway due to its increasing elevation. Can be windy at the summit, best views are about 100 ft elevation below summit. One note: at 2,950 ft elevation the trail forks with no marker. Take the right fork to Bell’s Pass.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Saw a young buck today near Windmill Pass!

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rocky
5 months ago

Great for watching the sunset, if you can bring a headlamp for the walk back and park outside the gates. Really easy for the first 3 miles: long, slow inclines; great patches of solid ground; and plenty of room on the trail. The last 0.8mi is scrambly, with rocky portions, high steps and mild switchbacks. I hiked/ran in running shoes, but I would definitely bring trail running shoes or hiking boots instead. On a Saturday early winter at 3pm, I saw about 10-15people over the 7 miles I hiked.

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7 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained and pretty rocky in spots. I enjoyed it, wouldn’t call it hard until the last little stretch to the end. Very pretty views

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7 months ago

Trail is not to my liking - Leevee Trail at the start 1.2m is flat and easy. Then another .4m of easy/moderate to get to the Bell pass trailhead. Bell Pass is easy to moderate at the start and finishes with the vertical ascent. We walked over an hour before encountering any real vertical. Total time to top was 1 hour 40min. Trail should be rated differently for those who want a vertical challenge.

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Fri Dec 14 2018

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Sat Jun 30 2018

This is a good trail to do as soon as the preserve is open. You can hike up to the pass before the sun rises over the top. I was half way back when the sun hit me. It's a good workout with nice views on the pass.

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Sun Nov 19 2017

Great hike, if you want the challenge of Tom's Thumb from the North but longer distance and not have to deal with 100's of people on the trail. Starts of easy up Levee trail from 104th street trailhead, left on Paradise trail that connects to Gateway then in .2 you turn right onto Bell Pass trail and continue a gradual climb. About half way up the climb starts getting steeper up to the pass. The last .75 will be a real challenge, but Once at the Pass you have fantastic views of Four Peaks to the East and back over Phoenix to the west. On a clear day you can see Glendale Stadium and the White Tank mountains along with downtown Phoenix. The trek back down is almost as hard as the climb. Edit: Trail description shows no shade however if you hike early AM you are in the early morning shade.

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