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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th TH, AZ
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I am biased about how to approach Bell Pass since I live on the Scottsdale side of the McDowell mountain range; however, there are two ends to Bell Pass trail. The goal of a day hike from either end would be the Pass itself with its terrific views of Four Peaks, Superstitions, and the Phoenix Mountains. This description's mileage is to the Pass and back from the City trails starting from the Bell/104th St parking lot.


Take Levee trail one mile then left on Paradise Trail then right (east) on Gateway Trail for 0.2 miles to the start of Bell Pass Trail. The remaining two miles to the Pass holds 1200 feet of elevation change, and now you know why you earn your view. Thompson Peak to the right and McDowell Peak to the left envelop you as your heart rate climbs. Those antennae on Thompson Peak all of the sudden don't seem so far away anymore. The trail towards the top of the Pass is slippery, small gravel and some people will prefer to have a hiking stick. Every craggy step is forgotten once you arrive at Bell Pass and stop to take in the peaks in the distance to the east and west.

For completeness sake, Bell Pass Trail does continue 1.3 miles descending east and then around a corner north to its other end. This is the Fountain Hills side of Bell Pass Trail connecting to the Prospector trail at 0.4 miles from the Pass and to the Windmill Trail at 1.3 miles from the Pass. It is an incredible maze of City trails linked with the McDowell Mountain Regional Park trails. Also, the other end of Bell Pass Trail becomes Windgate Pass trail which connects with Gateway Loop creating several potential super loops in the area.
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,680 feet
Elevation Gain 1,520 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.7
Author Crzy4AZ
Descriptions 31
Routes 88
Photos 2,493
Trips 567 map ( 2,010 miles )
Age 44
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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9  2017-03-04
Thompson Peak - MSP
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7  2015-10-10
McDowell & Drinkwater Peaks
The_Dude
11  2014-11-19 New2hyk
20  2013-12-28
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass Trail
Widowmaker
5  2013-04-18 BobP
10  2013-03-20 BobP
6  2013-02-17 BiFrost
12  2013-01-05
McDowell Peak
BobP
25  2012-12-29 The_Dude
4  2012-12-22 BobP
3  2012-04-25 wallyfrack
7  2012-03-26
East End Peak - MSP
PatrickL
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Winter to Late Spring
Sun  5:19am - 7:30pm
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by Crzy4AZ

I am biased about how to approach Bell Pass since I live on the Scottsdale side of the McDowell mountain range; however, there are two ends to Bell Pass trail. The goal of a day hike from either end would be the Pass itself with its terrific views of Four Peaks, Superstitions, and the Phoenix Mountains. This description's mileage is to the Pass and back from the City trails starting from the Bell/104th St parking lot.


Take Levee trail one mile then left on Paradise Trail then right (east) on Gateway Trail for 0.2 miles to the start of Bell Pass Trail. The remaining two miles to the Pass holds 1200 feet of elevation change, and now you know why you earn your view. Thompson Peak to the right and McDowell Peak to the left envelop you as your heart rate climbs. Those antennae on Thompson Peak all of the sudden don't seem so far away anymore. The trail towards the top of the Pass is slippery, small gravel and some people will prefer to have a hiking stick. Every craggy step is forgotten once you arrive at Bell Pass and stop to take in the peaks in the distance to the east and west.

For completeness sake, Bell Pass Trail does continue 1.3 miles descending east and then around a corner north to its other end. This is the Fountain Hills side of Bell Pass Trail connecting to the Prospector trail at 0.4 miles from the Pass and to the Windmill Trail at 1.3 miles from the Pass. It is an incredible maze of City trails linked with the McDowell Mountain Regional Park trails. Also, the other end of Bell Pass Trail becomes Windgate Pass trail which connects with Gateway Loop creating several potential super loops in the area.
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Directions: From 101 - take Bell Road exit (either FLW Blvd or Pima/Princess depending on your direction). After the intersection of Bell Rd with Thompson Peak Parkway continue east on Bell, and the gravel lot is on the left at 104th Street.
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