Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike: Gateway/Desert Park Loop

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 07:00
Dan Rothman -, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
C+ LENGTH: 6.6 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1,000 ft. PACE: Medium

This month we’ll resume our goal of hiking all 200+ miles in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, focusing on the central part of the Preserve from the Gateway and Tom’s Thumb Trailheads.  Because a few of the hikes this month involve significant elevation gain, and most include great photo ops, we’ll be hiking at a Medium pace of around 2.5 mph.  
Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the GATEWAY TRAILHEAD (18333 North Thompson Peak Road – go to for further directions). 

We’ll hike counterclockwise on the Gateway Trail across the saddle before descending to the Windgate Trail, from where we’ll head north to the Desert Park Trail, a flat but very pretty hike through the Desert Park community back to the trailhead. 

Cost to non-members is $5.