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We rode the AZ Canal Trail on a Mt Bike and my wife on a Trike Recumbent. Started at Bashas on Hayden Rd and headed east. The ride was approx 16.5 miles one way; we had lunch in the shade at the Lower Salt River Rec Area Park. We were "very lucky" and saw 4 wild horses just south west of the Granite Reef Dam. CAUTION: Ride only the South Side of the canal and be sure to have plenty of water, no potable water sources or shade anywhere along the canal. However, there are a few dispersed porta-potties. We attempted a few portions on the canal's north-side trail but encountered locked gates and fences. The surface is not suitable for skinny tires.
GPS brought us to intersection of Ellsworth and Riggs Rd. Turning left on Riggs and proceeding approximately 1/4mi, there is a small parking area directly across from the arena and equestrian center. Nice short ride on concrete and asphalt. Signage showed the trail closed from now until 4/28, but very few construction workers and they let us pass and onto the trail. No shade. No potties.
Had a very nice ride on this trail. we stopped about 1/2 way to have a nice picnic lunch.
I parked at the Glendale Heroes Regional Park by the playground/restrooms. To access the canal trail, ride on the trail around the lake and it connects to the canal trail. Head east under the underpass and enjoy a pleasant ride along residential areas and the Grand Canal Linear Park. When you reach 75th Ave & Camelback Rd just turn around as their are no underpasses any further and you have to cross busy roads. I continue further to 59th Ave, but it was scary to cross busy roads without lights and parts of the path became loose gravel. Also the neighbor hood deteriorated into areas of blight. with no past the library to get on the trail around the lake
We started at Desert Mountain Park and went NW to the end at Power, then all the way back to the other end, then back to the park, making a 10+ mile round trip. There are underpasses for roads and thick trees in places with wildlife, really lovely.
The majority of the canal is fantastic, however trying to get through the underpaths on the I-17, 43rd Peoria, 51rst and Cactus is dangerous. The underpaths are filled with trash, shopping carts, bonfires, strollers, dogs and homeless people. The worst area is crossing the underpath on 51rst and Cactus. It used to be kept clean and clear but no longer.
Every five minutes you come across a car intersection. Depending on the traffic you will have to dismount.
I read all the reviews and rode this trail today. Useful information I found is where do you start? When coming from farther west there are some not so nice tunnels. I would start at Granada park at 6505 N. 20th Street and go east toward Scottsdale. There is ample parking and a police station right next to it. Nice area all the way for 20 plus miles. Good paths and you can ride 13 miles to Scottsdale or keep If you start further west, you run into the bad areas.
The distance is incorrect. From Dobson to Center in a straight line is 1.7 miles. This path is essentially Dobson to Center with some bends and turns in it.
Rode this for the first time and loved the ride. I had a little trouble finding it at first due to my GPS, but once we did we rode from the Cubs training facility to the end of Tempe town lake. Will do this one again.
Your map is not clear trail cross highway 17. It is block!!!
We liked the trail. Started at the Tempe Marketplace and rode Rio Saldo Path North side till it met the Indian Bend Pathway. We were stoked to see the Horse Head display Called Watermark by Laura Haddam as seen on the photo gallery for this trail.... NOT!! The Watermark feature is on an off-shoot Rd/trail adjacent to the Indian Bend Wash Path. If you want to see it, do your homework first.
On a great note, traillink shows Indian Bend Wash Path in two segments, it does continue in the void area but it is sidewalk along major roads of Scottsdale.
Lastly, when you get the Cholla Blvd, the trail signs stop... DON'T STOP here. The trail continues but the signs say Maricopa Trail.
We did not have any electronic device to help us thru, we just winged it and had fun. Lot's of people using the trail.... Love It!!
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