Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Scottsdale to Fountain Hills

Another day, another ride in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Only today my brother and I rode up and over Windgate Pass to McDowell Mountain Regional Park on our way to Fountain Hills.

Here's our route in brief: Gateway Access Trail to Gateway Saddle to Windgate Pass to the Coachwhip Trail, Dixie Mine Trail and the Pemberton Trail, which took us to the main road in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We then rode the pavement to Fountain Hills via Fountain Hills Boulevard where we met my wife for a lift back to Scottsdale.

Ride time was about 2:30 and we gained a little over 2,000 feet of elevation. I know that doesn't sound like much but for Christmas Eve that's not a bad effort!

Final approach to Windgate Pass:


The summit:


My brother at the top:


Looking down on Scottsdale to the west:


Looking down on Fountain Hills to the east:

On the descent to McDowell Mountain Regional Park:


Looking back up towards Windgate Pass:


Riding the pavement to Fountain Hills:


KanyonKris said...

Sounds like a good ride and route.

Eat Sleep MTB said...

I shovelled snow 3 times today.