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Inspiration Point via Windgate - 17 members in 63 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 17 2021
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.16 Miles 2,221 AEG
Hiking10.16 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   3.13 mph
2,221 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
windgate bell loop clockwise
got started around 0630
nice sunrise
quick visit to inspiration point
added on saguaro loop and the nature trail to hit double digits
trails were not busy at all until i got back on gateway loop after bell pass
decided i don't really care for windgate pass trail
better to go up bell pass trail, then up east end and down tom's thumb for a bigger loop
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BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
BiFrost
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.30 mph
1,967 ft AEG
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Meet an old friend that I have not seen in 20 years. Early start so it was Windgate-Bell Pass for breakfast. Good loop to catch up on what's been happening the past 20 years!
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Feb 07 2021
Nate_F
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49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
Nate_F
Hiking14.42 Miles 3,322 AEG
Hiking14.42 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.76 mph
3,322 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Good hike in the McDowell Mountains this morning! Linked Gateway, Windgate, the Lookout, East End, and Desert Parks trails. Good trainer hike, beautiful, and and quiet coming back on Desert Parks. Fun!
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Dec 22 2020
Daytripper
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2020
Daytripper
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,210 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.33 mph
3,210 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Nice weather for the first hike of the winter, wasn’t sure how long I would feel like hiking so chose this due to loop options. For a weekday the parking lot was busy just not weekend mobbed. After turning on to Bell Pass Trail only encountered 3 couples coming down and one runner that passed actually on the last steep part before the saddle. Feeling pretty well after Bell Pass so decided to head up East End Trail , the top teasingly in view makes progress seem discouraging but taking a look back reveals what you gained. Started seeing some other hikers once heading toward Tom’s Thumb quite a few school aged children running around. On to the Lookout Trail only a half dozen others there, moved to a perch for a snack break. Once back on Tom’s Thumb Trail the steep switchbacks started on this well maintained trail. No water seen at the Mountain Spring but didn’t look for the spring box, before this I did go off trail about 100 yards in thick vegetation to look for it but realized later it was further down the trail :oops: Shortly after the junction of the Gateway Loop Trail spotted 3 deer on a ridge below one buck with 8 to 10 points. Pointed them out to a couple of hikers heading out who were appreciative. If I had stayed awhile may have gotten some better photos but by now I was ready to be done. Otherwise an uneventful finish to an enjoyable hike.After going up Tom’s Thumb Trail and down East End the other time I did this loop I prefer the loop in the direction I took today.

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Apr 20 2020
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2020
Daytripper
Hiking9.78 Miles 2,082 AEG
Hiking9.78 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.40 mph
2,082 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Persuaded by the triplogs ,by trekkin_gecko and johnlp, decided to make the long drive instead of my usual Pass Mountain loop. This time of year could call this the lupine loop. Looks like they are fading some and with the warmer temps and no rain not likely to last much longer. With an early weekday start only 2 other hikers leaving the trailhead near the same time. Last year did this CCW so today did it CW, not much different but apparently the photos are not as good and trip was slower in this direction :D , skipped the gateway saddle today. Only saw about 10 other hikers all morning until getting back to the trailhead where at least that many were hanging out on the bridge by the trailhead [-( Most of the color noted on the windgate trail, making for frequent picture stops after leaving inspiration point , snack break at Windgates Pass. Nice hike today but don’t think I’ll to be back until next spring.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lupine, poppies, globemallow,thistles, brittle bush,
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Apr 18 2020
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.35 Miles 2,107 AEG
Hiking9.35 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.75 mph
2,107 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
met john at gateway at 0545 this morning
haven't been up here in months
went up bell pass first
not many people out this early
great wildflower display; i've never seen so much lupine
we were both in tibbermode
in fact, @tibber, you would really enjoy this one right now
way more crowded once we got back on gateway loop
nice morning and good company
breakfast burritos after the hike
thanks john!
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Desert Chicory
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
lupine lupine lupine
desert chicory, mariposa lillies, globemallow, poppies, owl clover
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Apr 18 2020
johnlp
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64 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
johnlp
Hiking9.35 Miles 2,107 AEG
Hiking9.35 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.75 mph
2,107 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I am told there are other places to hike besides South Mountain. The rumors are true! This turned into a wild flower hike in Tibbermode. Good times. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Nov 30 2019
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
jochal
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
3,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
Followed the official route. This half of Tom's Thumb trail is a good one.

Chilly day after a pre-Winter, Winter-like storm moved through.
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Sep 30 2019
roaminghiker
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67 male
 Joined May 29 2013
 Oakland Gardens,
Inspiration Point via WindgatePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2019
roaminghiker
Hiking10.59 Miles 2,353 AEG
Hiking10.59 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   2.09 mph
2,353 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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The McDowell park complex northeast of Phoenix, from my visit, offers an invigorating, pleasant array of hikes and trails. For this morning, I started at the dirt parking lot off 104th Street, and used Bell and Wingate Pass Trails for a ten mile loop.

These trails ascend and descend gradually, never terribly taxing, though a good bit rock and pebble laced underfoot. The park resides in the high desert, so a constant cover of vegetation spreads throughout, but rarely dense. Saguaro cactus stand tall, in all directions, but fairly spread out. A low grass fills in between the taller shrubs and cactus plants.

My somewhat observant eye noticed that the steeper slopes in McDowell support only a sparser density of vegetation. I am not well traveled, but have observed the vegetation in the Grand Canyon and in Sedona. Those two locations feature mainly sandstone and limestone rock, and my sense is that vegetation, including stout desert pines, can latch into niches in steep slopes in those locations. The harder granite rock on the steep slopes along my hike in McDowell did not seem to allow that as much.

Shade covered the trail very intermittently, and the Phoenix sun beat down on the day of my hike with few blocking clouds. But the temperatures were noticeably below normal, and a cooling breeze did kick up.
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Dec 29 2018
jochal
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 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2018
jochal
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,247 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,247 ft AEG
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Dec 22 2018
Nate_F
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 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2018
Nate_F
Hiking9.73 Miles 2,149 AEG
Hiking9.73 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.37 mph
2,149 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I decided to head to the McDowells today for some fun and distance training. The summer got me out of shape a little. :(
I have never completed the Bell/Wingate loop and so today was the day!
I like this loop, especially once you get away from the crowded Gateway portion; then you're pretty much alone. The views and the desert get prettier as well. I checked out some future hikes and summits along the way. A great day in the McDowells!
Hi to my friends at 3H! :)
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Mar 25 2018
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Windgate Pass Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2018
tibber
Hiking7.73 Miles 1,636 AEG
Hiking7.73 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.30 mph
1,636 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I made it but it was a struggle. I think I ate too much at a luncheon I went to earlier. I wanted to turn around several times and did for a short bit until my argument with self was the loudest. I got out my poles and said "self, we'll just do this slowly". Every step seemed hard. I hate it when this happens but I'm glad I persevered. It's not like it's a difficult hike for gosh sakes ](*,) .

It's been almost 5 years since I last did this trail from Gateway. Not sure why but the AEG seems a little high. I obviously have a love/hate relationship with this trail.

It was crowded out, lots of lizards too, windy and cold at the pass. Trail seemed rougher than normal. No flowers, just a few blooming hedgehogs. No wolfberries for sustenance.
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Sep 30 2017
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
McDowell Balloon, AZ 
McDowell Balloon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,631 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.57 mph
2,631 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Needed to stay in town. This is my go to area for in town, time crunched hikes.
Temps were nice to begin and a bit warm at the end for this cowboy.
Breezes kept it decent most of the day.

All the beautiful people were out today.
Saw a young couple with 2 toddlers in baby backpacks in 100 degree temps, 3 miles from the TH going up as I was going down.
Not sure how smart that was. But didn't see them on the news last night.

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42 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking12.29 Miles 3,225 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   3.74 mph
3,225 ft AEG
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That little mountain spring was going. I have only been out here once before, a few months back, but I don't recall seeing it before. Ran into John on the way down and we chatted a bit about our upcoming Kilimanjaro trip; it is getting close. I made the same mistake again when hopping onto East End. I turned at the signed intersection and followed the trail a short ways but then quickly realized the trail was about a 100 feet to my right. Ah well.
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May 10 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Inspiration Point via WindgatePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2017
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,109 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.42 mph
1,109 ft AEG
 
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Quick hike in between several stops up north.
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Feb 26 2017
syoung
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 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Micky D Loop, AZ 
Micky D Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
syoung
Hiking14.02 Miles 3,153 AEG
Hiking14.02 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.69 mph
3,153 ft AEG
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1st trip
Decided to head to a place I haven't been before. The journey up Tom's Thumb North was pretty amazing. It reminded me a lot of the Alabama Foothills out by Whitney.

Lost the trail a bit at the East End intersection. Seems ridiculous but I was just enjoying the views and not paying much attention to where I was going. All of a sudden, there is no more trail and I am staring down a cliff at where the trail actually is.

While on the climb up Tom's Thumb North I had to make a nature pit stop. As I was taking care of business I heard a buzzing sound to my side, I turned and saw a hummingbird looking for food in the bush I was at. The next instant the bird is buzzing at my business end examining where all this liquid is coming from. I jumped back as I started laughing. I did not ever expect something like that to happen.
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Micky D Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking13.54 Miles 3,157 AEG
Hiking13.54 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.60 mph
3,157 ft AEG      5 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Went looking for Richard @McDowellMan. He was nowhere to be found
@mazatzal

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Sep 24 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking12.58 Miles 3,139 AEG
Hiking12.58 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   3.43 mph
3,139 ft AEG
 
Following a supply drop at Juan Jaime's North I decided to visit and old favorite of mine. This is a great loop with fantastic views from the Lookout point. I got started around 10am and had an enjoyable hike from start to finish. Just a solid day!
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Inspiration Point via WindgatePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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tibber
Hiking6.98 Miles 1,308 AEG
Hiking6.98 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.99 mph
1,308 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout was doing something wacky on the way up as it said I was at 3.89 mi at Inspiration Pt which can't be accurate since it's only 3.2 miles to the point from the VC. If you look at the track up, it's all over the place. So I'm not sure how accurate the 6.98 is but I'll take it I guess (I started from deep in the parking lot).

Anyway my goal was Windgate Pass. Oh well, still got most of it done. The lot was the fullest I've ever seen it and the trail sure had lots of people and bike riders but not as bad as the lot implied... after all, there are lots of trails out here. There wasn't a breeze, however, there was off and on shade. I forget how rocky this trail is and really how many ups and downs there are with about two longish hills.

One fellow I encountered said Denny was just up the trail a bit but he was off the hill to the right. I kept an eye out but no Denny. I continued on tackling those hills one foot at a time. I thot I had less to go than I did based on what Route Scout was telling me but the signs indicated otherwise. I decided after sitting a moment at Inspiration Point to head back because Route Scout said I was at 3.89 though I couldn't figure out how that could be. Anyway, I wasn't sure I had quite enough water to finish since I had another .9 to go to reach the Pass.

So I decided to head back and would try to pick up the pace to make up for not getting to the Pass. Also I wanted to see if I could find Denny but all I saw on the way back, besides other hikers, dogs and some bikers and a couple lizards was a shirt and a little camera case.

I was glad I turned around when I did because once I reached the Gateway Jct it started getting pretty warm altho there was a slight breeze. Anyway, it was a good hike altho the trail has taken a few hits in a couple places from the rain storms.
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Mar 12 2016
asu9165
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 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Inspiration Point via WindgatePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2016
asu9165
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   3.24 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Weather finally seasonal. Tons of people out. No changes good moderate trail
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