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Paradise Trail - MSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,655 feet
Elevation Gain 350 feet
Accumulated Gain 360 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.7
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack No
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Gateway Loop Trail - MSP
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Thompson Peak from 104th St TH
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McDowell Mountain Loop
9  2017-03-04
Thompson Peak - MSP
3  2017-02-26
Thompson Peak - MSP
8  2016-03-20
Gateway Loop Trail - MSP
6  2016-02-15
Quartz Trail - MSP
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:22am - 5:20pm
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16 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
104th Street Trail - MSP
1.0 mi away
0.8 mi
84 ft
Crossover Trail - MSP
1.1 mi away
0.2 mi
13 ft
Levee Trail - MSP
1.2 mi away
1.0 mi
238 ft
Bell Pass Trail - MSP
1.3 mi away
3.3 mi
1,240 ft
Bell Pass - Bell / 104th TH
Bell Pass - Bell / 104th TH
1.3 mi away
7.1 mi
1,577 ft
Peak 2658 - MSP
1.3 mi away
Peak 2796 - MSP
1.3 mi away
Peak 3515 - MSP
1.3 mi away
Quartz Trail - MSP
Quartz Trail - MSP
1.3 mi away
4.9 mi
1,105 ft
Taliesin Trail - MSP
Taliesin Trail - MSP
1.4 mi away
2.4 mi
441 ft
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by Crzy4AZ

Likely In-Season!
Chances are you won't hike (or bike) the Paradise Trail in isolation, and defining the start of the trail depends on your perspective. The trail follows the edge of developed land for 1.5 miles linking several City of Scottsdale trails around the McDowell mountain range (see map).

This description begins at the parking lot at Bell Road and 104th Street where you go 0.2 miles before signs for the Levee trail appear. Take the raised Levee trail for one mile to the intersection with Paradise.

Here you have three choices:
To Bell Pass - go left 0.2 miles on Paradise trail to Gateway Loop then go right to meet up with Bell Pass trail in 0.2 miles. It's two miles of switchbacks from here to the great views at Bell Pass;
(2) To McDowell pit mines - go right a few feet and then head up the hill;
(3) To Quartz trail - go right 1.3 miles and follow the signs.

This description trailhead GPS coordinates are from the start of the Levee trail by the parking area at Bell & 104th Street. I chose this location since you can't access Paradise trail without starting on some other trail first. Here are the GPS coordinates for the three choices:

1. Intersection of Gateway Loop and Paradise
2. Intersection of Levee trail and Paradise
3. Intersection of Quartz trail and Paradise

You'll find the Paradise trail to be isolated in sections and in a wash below housing developments in other parts. The terrain is rocky with gentle ups and downs, which lends itself well to mountain biking, walking, or trail running.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
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, and the gravel lot is on the left at 104th Street.

If you visit the mines or go off the labeled trails, you'll need a AZ State Land Trust permit.
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