The Paseo Trail runs north-south along the Consolidated Canal, an 18-mile-long waterway dating back to 1891. On the east side of the canal, the trail is paved, while the west side -- popular with horseback riders -- is mostly gravel with some asphalt. The gentle-grade path connects Chandler to Gilbert as it winds through neighborhoods, farms and parks. Waterfowl and fish can be spotted in the canal and fishing is permitted. The trail ends at the Paseo Vista Recreation Area, a 64-acre park atop a former landfill that offers a large archery facility, playground and disc golf.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available at the northern end of the trail about a quarter mile south of Warner Road at the Town of Gilbert municipal facilities (east side of Gilbert Road) or in the shopping center (west side of Gilbert Road).
At its southern end, the trail begins about a quarter mile west of McQueen Road on the west side of the Paseo Vista Park; there are a large number of parking spaces within the park. Parking can also be found at nearby Tumbleweed Park and Recreation Center.
Even longer, really
If you want to stay out of traffic and enjoy a long run or walk in the 'burbs, this trail's perfect. And I like the option of paved *and* dirt. But this trail is actually much longer than reported here. It goes a mile or so further south (dirt only) and ...