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Length
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Type

67th Avenue Trail

0.5 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Arizona Canal Path

69.7 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Arizona Trail (Flagstaff)

10.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Arroyo Chico Greenway

2.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Arroyo Trail

0.3 mi
State: AZ
Gravel
Accordion

Baseline Road to Eastern Canal Path

3.3 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Bow & Arrow Trail

0.8 mi
State: AZ
Dirt, Gravel

Buffalo Park Loop

2 mi
State: AZ
Dirt, Gravel

Cave Creek Tributary Trail

4.1 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Cave Creek Wash Trail

9.6 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

11 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Cedar Trail

1.36 mi
State: AZ
Concrete, Dirt

Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail

9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Chino Valley Peavine Trail

5.8 mi
State: AZ
Dirt

Consolidated Canal Path

18.9 mi
State: AZ
Concrete, Gravel

Country Club Trail

0.9 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Crosscut Canal Path

4.5 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway

5.7 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

David Bell Multi-Use Path

3.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Dreamy Draw Bikeway

2.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Dry Lake Trail

0.8 mi
State: AZ
Gravel

Eastern Canal Path

19.6 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Gravel

El Paso & Southwestern Greenway

0.2 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

El Paso Trail

0.5 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Fisher Point Trail

0.4 mi
State: AZ
Dirt, Gravel

Fort Valley Trail

2.6 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Fourth Street Trail

0.4 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Foxglenn Trail

1.9 mi
State: AZ
Cinder, Concrete, Dirt

Gainey Ranch Road Trail

1.1 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Golf Links-Aviation Path

9.4 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Grand Canal Path

26.5 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Grand Canyon Greenway

13.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Harrison Greenway

5 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

High Country Trail

1.3 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Highline Lateral Canal Path

10.4 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Gravel

Hillcrest Ranch Trail

2.4 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Indian Bend Wash Trail

6.2 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Indian Springs Trail

7.5 mi
State: AZ
Gravel

Iron Springs Railroad Trail

4 mi
State: AZ
Crushed Stone, Dirt

JWP Trail

2.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Julian Wash Greenway

17.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Karen Cooper Trail (Rio North Trail)

3.6 mi
State: AZ
Dirt, Gravel

Kyrene Canal Path

3.8 mi
State: AZ
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Litchfield Road Path

3.1 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Lone Tree Trail

1.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Mars Hill Trail

1.9 mi
State: AZ
Dirt, Gravel

New River Trail

16.5 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

North 89 Trail

1.1 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Northern Arizona University Trail

1.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Old Cross Cut Canal Park Path

2 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Pantano River Park Trail

5.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Paradise Park Trail

1.4 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Patagonia Train Track Trail

2 mi
State: AZ
Dirt

Pima Road Trail

4.8 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Pine Knoll Trail

0.6 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Ponderosa Trail

2.5 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail

5.5 mi
State: AZ
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Queen Creek Wash Trail

3 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Railroad Grade Trail (AZ)

19 mi
State: AZ
Cinder

Railroad Springs Trail

0.5 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Rillito River Park Trail

21.8 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Rio Salado Paths

12 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

Route 66 Trail

4.9 mi
State: AZ
Concrete

San Francisco Trail

0.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

41.8 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Scottsdale Multiuse Path

7.5 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Shea Boulevard Trail

7.3 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Sinclair Wash Trail

5.7 mi
State: AZ
Crushed Stone

Skunk Creek Trail

8.2 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Southern Canal Path

9.3 mi
State: AZ
Gravel

Southwest Crossing Trail

0.6 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

State Route 51 Trail

5.2 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Switzer Canyon Trail

1.25 mi
State: AZ
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Switzer Wash Trail

0.4 mi
State: AZ
Crushed Stone

Tempe Canal Path

6 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Tunnel Springs Trail

1.9 mi
State: AZ
Dirt, Gravel

Western Canal Path

21.9 mi
State: AZ
Concrete, Gravel

Wild West Trail

0.6 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Woodlands Trail

1.1 mi
State: AZ
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This short trail parallels N. 67th Avenue in Glendale and follows the edge of the Thunderbird Conservation Park. The trail provides a connection between nearby residences and Mountain Ridge High School. ...
AZ 0.5 mi Concrete
The Arizona Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in Maricopa County, running between Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community along both sides ...
AZ 69.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Flagstaff segment of the Arizona Trail is just over 10 miles long and passes through the middle of town between Interstate 40 and Route 66. The trail's surface varies from paved to gravel and generally ...
AZ 10.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Tucson's Arroyo Chico Greenway is a developing urban trail that will eventually link the city's downtown area and the University of Arizona with popular Gene C. Reid Park. Three trail segments are currently ...
AZ 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Arroyo Trail is a short trail that extends from the paved Pine Knoll Trail at Pine Knoll Drive to a neighborhood on the north side of Interstate 40 in Flagstaff.
AZ 0.3 mi Gravel
This trail passes through a landscaped greenway in an overhead electric utility corridor though the city of Gilbert, just outside Mesa and Phoenix. The trail runs from a junction with the Eastern Canal ...
AZ 3.3 mi Concrete
This short trail carves its way along a greenway corridor through the neighborhoods of Bent Tree, Preston Hills and Casa Rica in Scottsdale. The trail provides recreational opportunities to residents of ...
AZ 1.5 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Bow & Arrow Trail follows an arroyo of the same name in a scenic canyon near Flagstaff's Coconino County Community College. The trail runs east and west of Lone Tree Road near the campus and parallels ...
AZ 0.8 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Buffalo Park Loop circles the park of the same name atop McMillan Mesa, an ancient lava flow. The trail traverses open, native grasslands and a small wooded section in a ravine. From the mesa you can ...
AZ 2 mi Dirt, Gravel
This paved, multi-use trail runs along the banks of one of Cave Creek's tributaries and connects to the longer Cave Creek Wash Trail. The Cave Creek Tributary Trail provides access to numerous residences ...
AZ 4.1 mi Concrete
The Cave Creek Wash Trail is a paved multi-use trail along the banks of Cave Creek in Phoenix. The trail consists of two disconnected segments, the longest of which is the southern section. This section ...
AZ 9.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail follows its namesake waterway in the northern suburbs of Tucson from a junction with the longer Santa Cruz River Park Trail in Marana to Oro Valley. The recently completed ...
AZ 11 mi Asphalt
The Cedar Trail runs between West Street, on the east slope of McMillan Mesa, and Turquoise Drive, paralleling Cedar and Forest avenues. The trail traverses lightly forested hillside and dry grasslands, ...
AZ 1.36 mi Concrete, Dirt
The Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail links its two namesake waterways via a winding route through the north side of Scottsdale. Along the way, the trail connects to a number of other trails, ...
AZ 9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Chino Valley Peavine Trail offers a north-south route through the central Arizona town of Chino Valley, which lies about 15 miles north of the larger city of Prescott. The dirt pathway is best for ...
AZ 5.8 mi Dirt
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 ...
AZ 18.9 mi Concrete, Gravel
The Country Club Trail runs along the east side of Country Club Drive between US 89 north of I-40 and Boulder Run south of I-40. As of late 2011 you must use a sidewalk along Country Club Drive to cross ...
AZ 0.9 mi Concrete
The paved Crosscut Canal Path links Tempe and Scottsdale via a route alongside the Crosscut Canal, which dates to 1912. The trail follows the entire length of the canal thanks to a southern extension in ...
AZ 4.5 mi Concrete
The Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway closely follows Old Spanish Trail, a road that connects residential areas of Tucson with Saguaro National Park, for its entire route. Compared to some of the other wide, ...
AZ 5.7 mi Asphalt
The David Bell Multi-Use Path forms a loop around Tucson's Randolph Golf Complex, which contains both Randolph North Golf Course and Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course. The paved trail, a popular jogging ...
AZ 3.1 mi Asphalt
The Dreamy Draw Bikeway passes through the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area in Phoenix, offering ample scenery and access to the area's rustic hiking trails. The trail begins at a residential neighborhood along ...
AZ 2.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Dry Lake Trail is a short path on the western side of Flagstaff. Following the south side of Kiltie Lane, the trail links Equestrian Estates and W.L. Gore's Woody Mountain campus with the Flagstaff ...
AZ 0.8 mi Gravel
The Eastern Canal Path spans the entire length of its namesake waterway through Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler in suburban Phoenix. The trail, which at times has a smooth paved surface and at others a coarse ...
AZ 19.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Only a tiny portion of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway is currently open in Tucson. Built as part of the development of the city's Fire Central building (a large and modern fire station that replaced ...
AZ 0.2 mi Asphalt
The El Passo is a half-mile connector between US Highway 89 and I-180 (Historic Route 66), passing through the Flagstaff Mall along the north side of Marketplace Drive and west of Mall Drive. At Marketplace ...
AZ 0.5 mi Concrete
The Fisher Point Trail is a short route heading down into a small side canyon along the east edge of the Pine Canyon development. It links the JWP Trail and a Forest Service trail that carries on to Fisher ...
AZ 0.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Fort Valley Trail follows Fort Valley Road between Kendrick Street and Schultz Pass Road. Use caution in the segment south of Sechrist Elementary School, where the trail crosses Fort Valley Road, narrows ...
AZ 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Fourth Street Trail is broken into two segments; both traverse the west side of Fourth Street. As of late 2011, there is no crossing over I-40. The northern segment runs between US 89 (Historic Route ...
AZ 0.4 mi Concrete
The Foxglenn Trail runs between Herold Ranch Road and Foxglenn Park on Butler Avenue. At the park end of the trail, the surface is concrete, and you connect to additional side trails here. The main Foxglenn ...
AZ 1.9 mi Cinder, Concrete, Dirt
This short trail parallels Gainey Ranch Road from Scottsdale Rotary Park to E. Mountain View Road. It offers a great family recreation opportunity to nearby residents.
AZ 1.1 mi Concrete
The Golf Links-Aviation Path begins in downtown Tucson and runs southeast, following busy Barraza-Aviation Parkway (State Route 210) and later Golf Links Road—hence the trail's name. Road noise can be ...
AZ 9.4 mi Asphalt
The Grand Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area, linking the large cities of Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe. Like many of the area's trails, the Grand Canal Path ...
AZ 26.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
To accommodate the growing number of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park each year, the Park Service is developing a paved greenway system on both the North Rim and South Rim for pedestrians and cyclists. ...
AZ 13.9 mi Asphalt
The Harrison Greenway is a useful north–south connection between the Pantano River Park Trail and Julian Wash Greenway (via a brief on-road route). All three trails are integral components of a larger ...
AZ 5 mi Asphalt
The High Country Trail runs parallel to the street of the same name (also called "Trail") in the suburban neighborhood of Ponderosa Trails. The trail runs between Wild West Trail street and the end of ...
AZ 1.3 mi Asphalt
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 ...
AZ 10.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
This short trail serves Hillcrest Ranch and the surrounding communities in Glendale. The trail also provides easy access to the short 67th Avenue Trail and can be connected to the much longer New River ...
AZ 2.4 mi Concrete
The Indian Bend Wash Trail follows the banks of Indian Bend Wash between Scottsdale and Tempe. Along the way, the paved path connects a number of public parks, schools and businesses. A highlight of ...
AZ 6.2 mi Concrete
The Indian Springs Trail is a wide, gravel path that loops through a portion of the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests. Beginning in a meadow, the trail quickly enters a dense forest of pine and fir ...
AZ 7.5 mi Gravel
The Iron King's western trailhead is just beyond the Point of Rocks junction with the Peavine Trail. From the Peavine, turn right at the fork at Point of Rocks and hop on the Iron King Trail where you ...
AZ 4 mi Dirt
The Iron Springs Railroad Trail (a.k.a. Forest Trail 332) lies within Prescott National Forest west of the city of Prescott, AZ. The hilly trail is around 6,000 feet in elevation and winds through the ...
AZ 4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The JWP Trail follows along the south side of John Wesley Powell Boulevard between the eastern end of where the boulevard currently ends (as of 2011) and Lake Mary Road. Where the trail intersects South ...
AZ 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Julian Wash Greenway showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert as it travels from a junction with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail to S. Rita Road in southeastern Tucson. The trail offers views ...
AZ 17.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
In April 2011 the Rio North Trail was renamed the Karen Cooper Trail in memory of a Flagstaff City Council member. The Karen Cooper Trail runs for 3.6 miles between W. Cherry Avenue just north of Wheeler ...
AZ 3.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Kyrene Canal Path runs alongside the Kyrene Canal in Tempe and Chandler, providing a connection between residences, businesses, shopping destinations and the Ken McDonald Golf Course. The trail is ...
AZ 3.8 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
This sidepath along Litchfield Road serves to connect the communities of Litchfield Park and Goodyear, just outside of Phoenix. The utilitarian-style path is not a destination, but it is valuable as a ...
AZ 3.1 mi Concrete
The Lone Tree Trail follows the east side of Lone Tree Road between S. Pine Knoll Road and J.W. Powell Boulevard. The trail rolls through the dry land and includes two steep climbs on each side of the ...
AZ 1.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Mars Hill Trail runs west from Thorpe Park, climbing Mars Hill and ending where the Tunnel Springs Trail begins. The trail climbs through a steep draw amid an open pine forest. The trail crosses land ...
AZ 1.9 mi Dirt, Gravel
For a challenging desert adventure, travel the Mohave and Milltown Railroad Trail in northwest Arizona. The trail occupies the corridor of the historic Mohave and Milltown Railroad, a private narrow gauge ...
AZ 7 mi Ballast
Tucked in the southeastern corner of Phoenix, this trail serves as a connector between its namesake communities of Mountain Park Ranch and Lakewood. The paved path runs within a greenway corridor between ...
AZ 3 mi Concrete
The New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail, also known as the Railroad Grade Trail, is a rustic hiking and equestrian trail in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area outside of Patagonia, Arizona. The area ...
AZ 5 mi Dirt
The New River Trail parallels its generally dry namesake waterway through the populous Phoenix suburbs of Peoria and Glendale. The entire route is paved and uninterrupted, with undercrossings offering ...
AZ 16.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The North 89 Trail runs between Marketplace Drive to the City limits at Snowflake Drive parallel to US 89, for which it's named. Despite its proximity to the highway, the trail has a pleasant natural landscape ...
AZ 1.1 mi Concrete
The Northern Arizona University Trail is a main route through the campus, running between Dupont Avenue and McConnell Drive. The trail crowded when school is in session but for most the trail, pedestrians ...
AZ 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Old Cross Cut Canal Park Path is a 2 mile multiuse trail that runs parallel to N. 48th Street in Phoenix. It is a useful resource for the community, connecting nearby residences to schools, recreational ...
AZ 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Pantano River Park Trail follows Pantano Wash northwest from a junction with the Harrison Greenway to Tanque Verde Road, providing direct trail access to thousands of residents of Tucson. The smoothly ...
AZ 5.9 mi Asphalt
This trail and its short spur pass through the communities of Paradise Park Manor and Paradise Park Trails in Scottsdale. While the trail primarily serves residences, it connects to the Central Arizona ...
AZ 1.4 mi Concrete
The Patagonia Train Track Trail is a loop trail that begins and ends in the tiny Arizona town of Patagonia. One half of the trail follows the old railbed of the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, which was ...
AZ 2 mi Dirt
The Pima Road Trail consists of two disconnected segments along Pima Road in Scottsdale. The longer southern section connects to both the Arizona Canal Path and Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal ...
AZ 4.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Pine Knoll Drive skirts the south side of Pine Knoll Drive, linking adjacent neighborhoods. The trail connects to the Lone Tree Trail at Lone Tree Road and the Arroyo Trail across the street from Arroyo ...
AZ 0.6 mi Concrete
The Ponderosa Trail stretches 2.5 miles between Beulah Boulevard at Lake Mary Road and Pulliam Airport where JW Powell Boulevard meets S Pullman Drive. The trails winds through open space behind the suburban ...
AZ 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
To say that the connected rail-trails of Prescott are oases in sun-baked, north-central Arizona is no exaggeration. Wherever water touches this arid landscape—and it does along the Peavine and Iron King ...
AZ 5.5 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Queen Creek Wash Trail has a more rural feel than other trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Located within the community of Queen Creek, and following the banks of Queen Creek Wash, this trail ...
AZ 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The entire route of the Railroad Grade Trail follows a historic railroad corridor, offering gentle climbs and stunning views. The railroad formerly hauled logs from various parts of the Apache National ...
AZ 19 mi Cinder
Railroad Springs Trail runs along the west side of Railroad Springs Boulevard between Historic Route 66 (I-40) and the railroad tracks just north of Adirondack Boulevard. The trail passes through the Railroad ...
AZ 0.5 mi Concrete
The Rillito River Park Trail runs along both sides of its namesake river, from N. Craycroft Road to under Interstate 10, where it links with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. The trail is fully paved, with ...
AZ 21.8 mi Asphalt
The paved Rio Salado Paths run along both banks of the Salt River in Tempe. The generally dry waterway was expanded into Tempe Town Lake in 1999, and the scenic waterfront area is now a popular recreational, ...
AZ 12 mi Concrete
The Route 66 Trail in Flagstaff begins in the heart of the beautiful historic downtown district right next to the picturesque Flagstaff Train Depot. Parking is available right along historic Route 66 at ...
AZ 4.9 mi Concrete
The San Francisco Trail parallels San Francisco Street on the east side of Northern Arizona University campus, running between Franklin Avenue and Pine Knoll Drive. It intersects the Sinclair Wash Trail ...
AZ 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Santa Cruz River Park Trail follows the Santa Cruz River throughout Tucson, providing access to various amenities and neighborhoods, as well as the Rillito River Park Trail, Cañada del Oro River Park ...
AZ 41.8 mi Asphalt
Scottsdale has several miles of multiuse paths and on-road bike lanes. The paths are accessible from several locations throughout the city. A detailed map is posted on the city's website. For more information ...
AZ 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This trail runs parallel to Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. The trail consists of several disconnected segments on both sides of the road. The western end has a much more suburban feel than the eastern end, ...
AZ 7.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Internationally renowned for outdoor recreation activities and as the launching point for visits to Grand Canyon National Park, the city of Flagstaff also boasts one of the best community trail systems ...
AZ 5.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Skunk Creek Trail runs along the banks of its namesake waterway, connecting Peoria, Glendale and the eastern edge of Phoenix. The trail provides a link to residences, businesses and parks, as well ...
AZ 8.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The Southern Canal Path is an unpaved route along the South Canal in Maricopa County. One of several trails along the extensive canal network in the area, the Southern Canal Path links to four others: ...
AZ 9.3 mi Gravel
The Southwest Crossing Trail runs adjacent to Highland Mesa Drive toward I-40 then passes through open space, dropping down to go below I-40. The crossing was first built to move sheep but now funnels ...
AZ 0.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The State Route 51 Trail parallels Arizona State Route 51, also known as the Piestewa Freeway, on a paved route between the Reach 11 Recreation Area and the golf course at E. Cactus Road near N. 42nd Street. ...
AZ 5.2 mi Asphalt
The Switzer Canyon Trail extends between Gemini Drive just south of Buffalo Park and Turquoise Drive near Ponderosa Parkway. The trail follows an abandoned portion of Cedar Avenue along an aggregate surface ...
AZ 1.25 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Switzer Wash Trail runs for nearly 0.5 mile in Switzer Wash along the south side of Butler Avenue, paralleling 4th Street. At its southern end it intersects with the Foxglenn Trail.
AZ 0.4 mi Crushed Stone
The Tempe Canal Path parallels the Tempe Canal between the cities of Tempe and Mesa. The trail consists of two disconnected segments, separated by the private Mesa Country Club. Both segments serve a large ...
AZ 6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Tunnel Springs Trail presents a challenging but steady ascent (or descent) on the south face of Observatory Mesa. The trail passes through ponderosa pine forest, extending between the Railroad Springs ...
AZ 1.9 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Western Canal Path, one of several trails adjacent to canals in the Phoenix metropolitan area, connects the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert on its more than 20 mile, east–west ...
AZ 21.9 mi Concrete, Gravel
The Wild West Trail passes among the suburban neighborhood of Ponderosa Trails, following the street of the same name (Wild West Trail), crossing Separation Canyon Trail (street) then paralleling Dory ...
AZ 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Woodlands Trail runs along the east side of Woodlands Village Boulevard from Beulah Boulevard to I-40 (Historic Route 66), going steadily up hill from south to north. Use caution when crossing the ...
AZ 1.1 mi Concrete
To the eastern trailhead: From I-8 take the Winterhaven Drive/4th Avenue Exit and turn (right or left) south. After 0.5 mile turn left onto 1st St. Go 0.3 mile and turn left onto North Madison Ave. Go ...
AZ 1.55 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Arizona Canal Path

Closure

February, 2017 by cycleed

The path east from Pima Road is closed on both sides of the canal.

Eastern Canal Path

1st time user of this path

January, 2017 by tompalmerappr

It appears the hard paved part starts on the S end of the path just S of Pecos, so we got on the path at Pecos and rode N to Guadalupe then back.

We parked in a small shopping center parking lot on the NE corner of Lindsay & Pecos, which was right next to the path.

The path is asphalt on the W side of the canal the whole way, and in addition there is a very nice concrete path on the E side of the canal from Warner to Guadalupe.

There is a signalized crossing at Elliott, the other major street crossing all have room in the median to cross half of the street at a time.

There were a fair number of other cyclists on a sunny Saturday. We will ride this path again, and also try farther N.

Indian Bend Wash Trail

Nicest trail in Phoenix

January, 2017 by summersgill

This beautiful and well maintained trail runs along lakes and golf courses. It is the most pleasant ride I've had.

Accordion

Highline Lateral Canal Path

Ugly ride

January, 2017 by summersgill

The southern end, near the Walmart is nice, but crossing I-10 is treacherous and only for an ugly, poorly maintained trail. Turn around when the trail stops.

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

Awesome views of the mountains, wide open spaces

January, 2017 by trikesterhal

I was in town to ride in the 34th El Tour de Tucson, November of 2016. From the Candlewood Suites on River Road I connected to the Loop on the Rillito River Trail (from the parking lot!). I crossed to the south side of the Rillito at Camino de la Tierra (fast traffic, dump trucks, rough pavement...be careful!). On the Rillito I connected to the Santa Cruz Trail and rode north catching the CDO Trail just north of Orange Grove Road.

The trail heads NE and is generally a gentle uphill grade all the way to where I turned around at N Oracle Road. It wasn't exhausting, just constant pedaling. On a recumbent trike I wasn't going more than 6 or 7 mph, but that's what I like about the trike. I could focus on the vistas and just enjoy the ambiance of the ride especially the views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

On the return I was now going downhill most of the way. I shifted into the big ring and cruised along at about 15 mph enjoying the self-made breeze. It was a Friday and traffic on the trail was light.

According to Strava I rode 28.6 miles at an average of 7.7 mph (max of 22 mph) climbing a total of 501 feet. The nice thing was expending the most energy on the climb and then enjoying the ease of the return trip. This trail is a fun ride.

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

Enjoyable ride (long review, nostalgia included)

January, 2017 by trikesterhal

Arrived in Tucson two weeks before the 34th El Tour de Tucson (early November 2016). I stayed at the Candlewood Suites on River Road. The parking lot adjoins the Rillito River Trail which is part of the Loop system. I used to ride my bicycle where the hotel now sits.

My trip was particularly nostalgic because I grew up within a mile of the hotel in the late 50s and early 60s. I was enjoying riding as well as being on home turf. It's changed a bit, indeed, but it was home to me. I hadn't had a serious visit in nearly thirty years.

The morning I rode the Santa Cruz Trail was cool, sunny and clear warming into the low 80s F. I rode NW via the Rillito, crossing over to the south side at N Camino de la Tierra (public street, fast traffic, dump trucks, rough pavement). Coming back up onto the trail there are restrooms and water. Continuing on NW I crossed under I-10 and connected with the Santa Cruz Trail heading back SE. The trail is paved and you will parallel I-10, passing businesses (trucking, sand/gravel, construction) until you reach Camino del Cerro where you cross (you hop into the median to cross, watch the traffic) and now parallel the river (east side). The views down into the river are majestic.

Side note: I find that people either love the desert or hate it. Maybe it's because I grew up here that sand runs in my veins and cacti permeate my dreams, but I love the Sonoran Desert. Seeing the giant Saguaro and other cacti, lizards, Gambel Quail, the Santa Catalina Mountains... Sigh..... Hey, I'm retired now and I'm moving here in time to catch the spring flowers. I don't mind the summer heat and I tell people that the frogs wear headbands and carry canteens. Some get it and some don't. 8-]

Back to the trail now. I continued on south along the river passing an impressive solar farm and a water treatment plant (didn't have to hold my nose). I passed under Grant Road, Speedway and St. Mary's all the way to Congress where I would have to cross Congress itself (near downtown) if I continued SE. At that point I crossed, in a bike lane, to the west side of the river and headed back NW.

The ride back north took me along the river in places and through some picturesque open spaces until I crossed again at Camino del Cerro. From there I backtracked to the hotel. It was a an enjoyable ride covering 26.5 miles at an average of 7.8 mph on my Catrike 559, according to Strava. When I return I'll be riding a Catrike Dumont. I'm counting the days.

There were no challenging climbs and the views were spacious. I enjoyed the ride and traffic on the trail was light since it was Monday. I recommend this trail for the views and the wide open spaces. In another several days I would be riding 37 miles in El Tour de Tucson. That's another story.

Consolidated Canal Path

2nd time user of this path

January, 2017 by tompalmerappr

Rode the path N from Germann Rd to Ray Rd. Good parking at a vacant building SE corner of Germann & Airport Blvd, it's right next to the bike path and other cyclists and walkers park there, busy intersection so lots of visibility for your car. Path was quiet and somewhat busy on a weekend day. Concrete path on the E side of the canal, and asphalt path on the W side. Road crossings are signalized. Public restrooms at park on N side of Chandler Rd. We will ride this path again.

Tempe Canal Path

Bummer

December, 2016 by wsvanilla

The northern entrance at Rio Salado is closed by a fence. So we had to ride surface streets to find another entrance further south.
Path is partially asphalt and some concrete and while the settlement cracks look to have been repaired years ago, these are again in need which makes for a rough transition with uneven surfaces.
At major crossroads, one has to navigate these busy streets as there are few if any crosswalks at these junctures. INSANE scenario.
With the amount of revenue Tempe and Mesa generate from residents, businesses and tourists, one would think some could be devoting to optimize this potentially great pathway.
We turned back after 2.5 miles due to the unsafe nature of the outing. Wow!

Cave Creek Wash Trail

typical Phoenix trail

November, 2016 by michaeljluna

parking at Rose Mofford Sports Complex is nice and easy. the trail runs along the water canals found all around Phoenix. the main trail is asphalt, but I ran on the sand between the trail and the canal. didn't notice any shade. no water stops along the trail. carry your water! is nice. lots of bikes along the trails.

Consolidated Canal Path

1st time user of this path

November, 2016 by tompalmerappr

Got on it at Riggs Rd, start of the paved section, rode N up to 202 then back. Parked at shopping center NW corner of Riggs & McQueen and rode wide sidewalk W .3 mi to path (shopping center lot empty on weekend).
Section from Riggs Rd to Chandler Heights Rd, expansion joints jarring, but N of there smooth. This section also appeared to have poor drainage, with evidence of puddles and dirt/gravel on path from previous rains.
Quiet and enjoyable path, well marked and signalized crossings of major roads, we'll use it again, and try further N.

Queen Creek Wash Trail

Amazing

November, 2016 by maheshw

Scottsdale Multiuse Path

Nice trail for short rides

October, 2016 by joecool_tl

Caught this trail near our hotel in Tempe near the lakefront. Was able to ride north into Scottsdale about 5 1/2 miles. Unfortunately, part of it was closed at the north end for maintenance. The trail itself however is nice comprised mainly of cement. The only down side of this is the expansion joints every few feet that produce a steady "thump-thump" as you ride. You do get used to it after a while so not such a big deal. Very nice view through and beside numerous parks and golf courses. I was able to ride it back and forth twice for a total of about 23 miles while there and look forward to being able to ride it again.

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