Bell Pass is about a three and a half mile hike the pass itself in the McDowell Mountains. The round trip from start to finish is about seven miles and takes somewhere from two hours to three hours depending how fast you do it. Bell Pass is at 3,500 feet and has a fairly steep ascent in the last part of the trail.
Trail Heads and Parking
Bell Pass has two trail heads. The trail head at Bell Rd and 104th St has a small graded dirt area for parking. It holds about fourteen cars maximum and can become crowded during the peak periods in spring and fall.
The larger main trail head is on Thompson Peak Parkway and Foothills Drive. This has a facility with toilets and drinking water. There is ample parking there as well, some paved, mostly finely graded dirt.
Approximately seven miles from Bell and 104th St.
Two and a half to Four hours. If you are very fit you can get to the pass within an hour.
Moderately difficult for experienced hikers. This can be a brutal hike in summer. Always bring plenty of water.
From Bell and 104th the trail goes up 104th St for a while before hitting the Levee Trail. You follow the levee up until it meets the main trail. From there follow the signs to Bell Pass. From Thompson Peak and Foothills the main trail is followed from parking area.
The trail itself slowly ascends up to Bell Pass at 3,500 feet. The scenery is stunning with centuries old saguaro's, fishhook cactus, cholla's and wildlife crowding the mountain sides. The last mile or so the ascent increases considerably and the last 200 yards is very steep.
We have seen mountain bikers on the trail but it isn't that often bike riders are on it. Probably because the trail is pretty strenuous in ascent.
Trail Map Bell Pass on Google Maps
. More on the McDowell Regional Park
including trails and maps.
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and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
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Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
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I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
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