Gates Pass loop starts at the top of Gates Pass at the parking area. There is a Ramada at the west end of the parking lot and just below that is the trail. It is a 5.49 mile hike with an elevation gain of 486 ft for a moderate rating.
The trail surface in the beginning is rocky and once it hits the desert floor it turns to hard pack. The trail immediately starts down , so hiking sticks are advised. The trail once at the desert floor is flat all the way to Gilbert Ray campground. You will loop around the campground and head back. The hike up to the parking lot can be strenuous for some. Rest often!