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McDowell Lollipop, AZ
mini location map2013-05-15
5 by photographer avatarslowandsteady
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McDowell Lollipop, AZ 
McDowell Lollipop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking6.50 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   3.12 mph
814 ft AEG
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1st trip
This was a lollipop for sure, the easiest stroll I have ever done in the McDowells.

On the Windgate Trail, I had passed the sign for Desert Park several times, and today was the day to finally give it a try.

I started at the Gateway Trailhead and headed clockwise on the Gateway Loop Trail. I then branched off to the left on the Horseshoe Trail. Then the Desert Park Trail comes in on the right and is followed for the next 2.8 miles to the Windgate Trail. I was surprised at the lack of elevation on Desert Park, I had assumed you would be travelling up to Windgate. You cross a paved road, washes and a couple of golf cart tracks on this trail. You pass mansions on both your right and your left.

When Tom's Thumb appeared off to my right, then I finally felt like I was out hiking. The last half a mile to Windgate was the nicest part of the trail. At Windgate, I headed back towards the Gateway Trailhead.
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