Bell Pass/Tom's Thumb Loop Hike (McDowell Mountains)

Date: 
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 07:45
Leaders: 
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727
Rating: 
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 2500 ft PACE: Moderate

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8) at the GatewayTrailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, off Thompson Peak Parkway in north Scottsdale.

We’ll hike counterclockwise on this loop hike, which includes Bell Pass, East End, Tom's Thumb, Wingate Pass, and Gateway Loop. Nice views of the Valley on the west side, and of the McDowell Mountain Park on the east side of the passes. There are some steep sections, so hiking poles are recommended. Wear sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses. Bring snacks, lunch, electrolytes, and plenty of water. Cost to non-members $5