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Gateway Loop Trail - MSP, AZ
2010-04-035 by
 
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns    2.04 mph
1,366 ft AEG   
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Decided to check out this area for the first time. At 9:50, the parking lot was full of with what I'm guessing to be 200 cars. I continued to the dumpy old dilapidated Gateway Center (JK, this is an incredible building for a Trailhead. I could tell I was no longer in the west valley) for the start of my hike. The bathrooms in this place are nicer than most people's (West Side) homes. After getting a Double Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee and a Orange Mango Vivanno Smoothie to go from the Barista there (JK again), I hit the trails. Decided to take the Gateway loop clockwise until getting to the path to the Wingate trail. Took that up to Inspiration Point for a snack and watch the chipmunk. Headed back down to complete the Wingate loop. On the way down I saw my first Desert Tortoise! While on the south side of the Gateway Loop took a short bypass to check out the Paradise trail. I liked the trails and the views. The flowers were still pumping pretty good. The Brittle Bushes, especially on the southern exposures, are going to be exploding this week.
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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