Bell Pass and Windgate Pass Loop

Phoenix, Arizona 85054

Bell Pass and Windgate Pass Loop

Bell Pass and Windgate Pass Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Easily accessible and highly enjoyable, this extensive loop encircles McDowell Peak, one of three prominent peaks within McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Along the way, take in sweeping city views, rugged yet tranquil desert and mountain scenery, and perhaps even some wildlife sightings. You’ll get a decent workout, too.

Browse the interpretive signs detailing the Sonoran Desert flora as you pass the amphitheater. A quarter mile from the trailhead, zigzag through a rocky dry wash lined with palo verde and mesquite trees. Soon you’ll reach a well-signed trail junction with the Gateway Loop and Saguaro Loop Trails at 0.4 mile from the trailhead."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,484 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 hours
1,720 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,204 feet
Top Elevation
City, Views
Local Contacts
USGS McDowell Peak; free maps available at trailhead
Local Maps