Horseshoe Ridge Loop via Gateway Loop

3 reviews #1 hike out of 35 in
4.5 mi
Distance
2 hrs 30 min
Time
terrain
674 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a easy loop trail in McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

This trail goes by Horseshoe Ridge, Lookout, and Gateway Trailhead.

This hike starts out from the very well maintained Gateway Trailhead in Scottsdale, AZ. This trailhead has plenty of parking, restrooms and water. The Gateway loop is a 4.5 mile hike that takes you up a low saddle and winds back around to the trailhead. Along the way you will have beautiful views of the desert and during the spring the wildflowers are in bloom adding to amazing landscape. The trail is somewhat rocky so you will want to wear study hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.

Getting Started

GATEWAY TRAILHEAD
18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Follow the main trail from the parking area to the Gateway Loop trail, turn left to begin the loop.

Taking Children

This would be a good hike for children.


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Ken 1 year, 12 months ago
Gateway Loop Trail
Good 2 hr hike for the kids. Black flies were bad, but don’t bite. We finished at 11:00, it was getting pretty hot out, should start earlier.
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jmedverd 1 year, 7 months ago
McDowell Sonoran Preserve - Gateway Trail
Balmy 89F, 18% humidity at conclusion. Craig, Chris & Nick.
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td singletree 4 years, 3 months ago
Gateway Loop Custom, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, N Scottsdale, AZ
A custom loop hike incorporating four trails.
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