Highline Lateral Canal Path

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The Highline Lateral Canal Path runs along its namesake waterway through the Arizona cities of Phoenix and Tempe and the smaller town of Guadalupe. Open in several disconnected segments, the trail features both paved and gravel-surfaced sections, and the scenery varies from suburban homes to shopping centers to open fields with views of nearby hills.

The longest continuous portion runs between W. South Mountain Avenue and Interstate 10 in Phoenix, although a tricky crossing of E. Baseline Road is a challenge on the eastern end. The trail has been improved with a paved surface on the south side of the canal between E. Baseline Road and S. Central Avenue along this stretch, making it the most popular with local residents. Just off (and reachable from) the trail, both Francisco Highland Park and Circle K Park offer recreational amenities, picnic areas and restrooms.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Highline Lateral Canal Path is available at Francisco Highland Park (2702 E. South Mountain Avenue) and Circle K Park (1346 E. South Mountain Road) in Phoenix.


Highland Canal Trail

   January, 2016 by lindanorthstar

Good suburban alternative to rail trails with the parks. Enjoyed the geocaches. Am always amazed that people just throw trash on to public places. read more

Bucket sculpture

   July, 2015 by bedstefader skjule

If you are a geocacher, there are presently 8 caches to find along this trail; four of which I have had published. If you remain on the south side of the Highline Canal, on the better path, the access is the best. There are decent crossings with obviously ...read more

Good alternative to cycling on Baseline

   September, 2013 by patrickaz

When traveling from Tempe to South Mountain Park this is a much safer alternative than riding along Baseline, which does not even have a bike lane in parts. However the Highline Canal trail does not exist between 48th st and 40th st and you are forced ...read more