The Consolidated Canal Path runs north–south along the entire length of the Consolidated Canal, an 18-mile-long waterway dating back to 1891. The route consists of both a paved path and a gravel-surfaced trail—more popular with horseback riders and joggers—on opposite sides of the canal for all but two short stretches: only a gravel path is available between Warner Road and Lindsay Road in Gilbert and from Riggs Road to Hunt Highway in Chandler.
The gentle-grade path connects Chandler (where it is also known as the Paseo Trail), Gilbert (known here as the Heritage Trail) and Mesa as it winds through neighborhoods, farms and parks. Waterfowl and fish can be spotted in the canal, and fishing is permitted. One highlight along the route is the Paseo Vista Recreation Area in Chandler, a 64-acre park atop a former landfill that offers a large archery facility, playground and disc golf.
In Gilbert, trail users can pick up the Western Canal Path to head towards Phoenix. From the trail's northern endpoint in Mesa, continue west on the Tempe Canal Path or head north on the Southern Canal Path to enter the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community.
Parking for the Consolidated Canal Path can be found at several parks throughout the trail's route:
- Paseo Vista Recreation Area (3850 S. McQueen Road, Chandler)
- Tumbleweed Park (2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler)
- Tibshraeny Family Park (270 N. Cottonwood Street, Chandler)
- Freestone Park (1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert)
- Harmony Park (1434 S. 32nd Street, Mesa)