Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike - Gateway Trails

Date: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 07:30
Leaders: 
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Rating: 
B- LENGTH: 8.6 mi ELEV GAIN: 750 ft PACE: Medium (2.5 mph)

Meet at 7:30 am (start 7:35) at the GATEWAY TRAILHEAD, located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Road (go to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve) for further directions). 

This is a good hike for beginners and intermediate hikers.  The hike itself is easy, fairly flat and moderately paced, and we’ll always be within a couple miles of our trailhead.  Nevertheless, the desert scenery is great and we may get lucky and see some wildflowers.  We’ll be exploring a number of the short trails located near the Gateway Trailhead itself, including the Bajada Nature Trail, Saguaro Loop Trail, Paradise Trail, Levee Trail, Crossover Trail, 104th Street Trail and Equestrian Bypass Trail. 

It’s still the desert, though, so bring plenty of water, snacks, electrolytes and wear sturdy hiking boots.