Windgate mountain bike trail

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Windgate Trail Center | 1 comment

Windgate mountain bike trail

Miles:  About 8 (but can be extended as long as you want)

Difficulty:  Moderate (watch for hikers)

Why live in Scottsdale?  The summers are brutal, and you have to learn to deal with a bit of snobbery at times, but after going to Windgate Trail head, you will understand.  Windgate Trail Center is tucked away right between DC Ranch, Silverleaf and McDowell Mountain Ranch (some of the most expensive real estate in the area).  From the trail center you can connect to hiking and some of the best mountain biking in the State.

From the trail center you can head down Desert Park to Windgate Pass (about 3.5 miles) with some amazing views of the Sonoran Preserve and also of some of the most expensive real estate in Phoenix.  Desert Park trail is not to difficult and will wind through some great single tracks and small climbs.  Follow this until you reach the first summit where the trail connects to Windgate Pass, and then you can make the decision of going up to the Windgate Pass (another 1.5 miles of serious climbing), or head back dow Windgate Trail back to the trail center.  If you are feeling adventurous or suicidal, you can actually go over Windgate Pass and connect to Pemberton Trail (but remember you have to come back over the summit also).

Follow Windgate Pass back down to the Windgate trail and climb up to the Windgate Trail saddle for some truly amazing views of Scottsdale.

Watch out for hikers on weekends (they are everywhere).

One Comment

  1. Great pictures…thanks for posting!

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