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Sinclair Wash Trail

Ranks pretty high in my book

December, 2017 by parajared

It's a decent trail to escape to escape the Arizona heat. Even in the middle of July still a cool ride through the shade of the Flagstaff Pine trees. It does a great job of linking up to the NAU trail which is worth a look (interesting buildings architecturally), the Arizona Trail and the Route 66 trail but doesn't really link to Mars Hill trail very nicely, a roughly one mile elbow ticker of a ride down the skinny shoulder of RT 66 involved in the effort.

Dirt trail but suitable for recumbent trike.

Indian Bend Wash Trail

2nd best trail in the Phoenix area

December, 2017 by parajared

Most of the Phoenix's bike paths fall into one of three categories
1) pathway right next to a busy road
2) follow a not too particularly scenic canal for miles on end
3) cycle along barren open desert for miles

This one puts you along the entirety of three long skinny golf courses, greenway the entire way. I still think the Tempe Town Lake trails "Rio Salado Paths" are the more interesting ride, but the two trails link together and you can combo the two up for the most epic pathway ride in all of Phoenix IMO.

4/5 stars because while miles and miles of golf course makes for a pretty interesting ride it's not as visually compelling as some of the more notable trails of the American Southwest.

Rio Salado Paths

best trail in Phoenix/metro in my opinion

December, 2017 by parajared

Most of the Phoenix's bike paths fall into one of three categories
1) pathway right next to a busy road
2) follow a not too particularly scenic canal for miles on end
3) cycle along barren open desert for miles

This one is different; Tempe town lake and it's pedestrian/cycle bridge is separated from traffic, actually scenic, and a more engaging ride than anywhere else in town.

This trail links to "Indian Bend Wash" which is also exceptional (comparatively) as it follows miles of golf-course and green parks. All in all, the best route in the Phoenix area in my opinion.

4/5 stars because it still dulls in comparison to the more notable trails in the American Southwest.


Route 66 Trail

Basically a sidepath along a busy road...

November, 2017 by pedalfree

Our travels brought us through Flagstaff and I wanted to stop and ride. I chose this trail mostly because it seemed as though it would be the easiest to find and parking was convenient. We parked at the visitors center which is in the old train depot downtown. It also serves as a working Amtrak station, which is very cool.

The trail heads east from here along Old Route 66. There are some relatively easy climbs but many grade crossings and all the challenges that typically come with sidepaths including right turning motorists.

That said, I really liked this trail for a couple of reasons. One, there were a lot of people on it even though it was a cold, gray morning. It's obvious that a lot of people in Flagstaff use their bikes for transportation and since this trail is along a major thoroughfare, that makes it a great resource.

Second, the trail itself is in good shape. It's mostly concrete and relatively smooth. There are signs where it intersects with the Arizona Trail and route finding was very easy. Come to think of it, there was a lot of connectivity here. I like that.

Finally, the sights along Old Route 66 are kind of cool. You'd miss a lot of it in a car but because you're going a little slower on a bike you see more.

At the end of the day, this is the type of path that I think is really important for cities to build, maintain and support. Are there prettier places to cycle? Absolutely. Is it the best recreation route? Probably not, although downtown Flagstaff is a lot of fun and it's worth reserving an hour or so to explore. Most importantly from my perspective, the Route 66 Trail is very good transportation corridor and for that reason I'm giving it five stars. Well done, Flagstaff.

PV Pipeline Trail

ducks ,parks and water fountains

November, 2017 by parajared

Trail actually terminates at Maverick gas station unlike Traillink's description. From Maverick you can connect to Iron King via Bison, Antelope, Prescott East Highway.

Grinder hilly on the north end of town, very gradual uphill winding through town the rest of the way. Surface is suitable for trikes and wheelchairs, the north section is unfit for inline skating due to the gnarly hills but from the park onwards fine.

3/5 stars because you have multiple road crossings, but redeeming in that it's actually fairly scenic.

Chino Valley Peavine Trail

Chino Valley

November, 2017 by horsesncats76

Love this trail for an easy day ride on horseback, very peaceful.

Grand Canal Path

i like this trail

November, 2017 by elannaeverson

we rode it yesterday from its start at 107th and Bethany Home down to 67th Ave. If you stay on the curving concrete path north of the canal, most of it is really pretty. It runs mostly through greenways. You have to cross some streets, but that’s not as bad as i thought it would be. The part we rode on was very clean. We rode some of it on the path right next to the canal, and there was one homeless person camped out near there, but it’s easy to avoid that if you stay on the winding path just north of the canal. I look forward to going further southeast and will update my review then.

Skunk Creek Trail

Great Trail

October, 2017 by elannaeverson

If you want a nice flat trail for young bike riders go north from the park.

Chino Valley Peavine Trail

the thick, loose soil gets really boggy

October, 2017 by parajared

Unlike Precott Peavine the trail isn't used as much and the cinder is pretty think in spots. Fatbike users and hikers will like this trail but regular tires mush deep into the loose soil making for a heck of a chug on a regular bike.

Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail

yay, it's smooth

October, 2017 by parajared

dirt, but smooth enough to ride my recumbent trike on

Baseline Road to Eastern Canal Path


October, 2017 by echavez19

The paved area starts at Broadway Road and goes all the way to Pecos and Lindsey a couple of blocks south Zanjero park about 11 miles

Grand Canal Path

nice trail

September, 2017 by benjamin.l.richard

my experience is much different then the 2 star review. It appears major upgrades have been made along this route and while yes as it enters the city there are some crosswalks, it gets better as you get near the stadium. i am not familiar with the trail heading east past grand canal park.

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