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From La Cholla to the interstate you will find, nearly every day, people sleeping or evidence of them living on or nearby the path, specifically the bridges. I found and documented over 2 dozen tents in the river itself in this stretch. Mostly harmless people I'm sure but its enough to feel defensive and threatened.
Most of the path is beautiful! Riding alone is great except that almost every bridge and intersection you will not be alone. You will find people sleeping on or near the path, evidence of people living on or near the path, and gratuitous litter in these hot spots. Obviously it is mostly safe but for many miles it does not feel or look safe
This trail is part of The Loop, the multi-use trail that has been built around Tucson. We were vacationing in the area and, along with riding the trail as part of the larger loop, we also used it as a great ride into downtown Tucson for lunch. It was nicely paved, not hilly, and there was art staged at various places along the way. There isn't much shade, but that was not a concern in February/March. Some of the signage was difficult to decipher, but we had a printed trail map, and that helped us to navigate the way.
Accessed the trail from the parking lot of 16th St south of the 17. Ran on the south side of the trail and was able to run almost 3 miles east and did not have stop to cross the street. The path is flat except when going under bridges. The only tough climb is about a mile east when you go under 24th street, the rest wasn’t too bad. There are stickers and painted arrows to guide you to the trail that takes you under the bridges, thanks to whomever does that. Heading East I enjoyed a great view of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport but if I had taken the north side of the trail I wouldn’t have gotten that Far East as the trail seemed to end by then.
Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ
Parking: City Visitor Center next to London Bridge
Trail Condition: Asphalt smooth with lots of lateral cracks. Appears to have been sealed recently but nothing to fill the cracks. A few of the cracks are wide enough to be felt when riding over. Plenty wide.
Signage: Sufficient amount of route direction and end points.
Comments: Starting at the visitor center means that which ever direction is followed it will be pretty much uphill from there. The northern end is a gradual climb to the end of the trail about 3 miles out. Along the northern end a number of intersections and traffic lights are encountered. The trail parallels the major highway and switches sides of the road several times. This means instead of one traffic light at an intersection there are two that must be negotiated. Most of these intersections are a good distance apart. Not real scenic along this stretch but still okay for a ride. The southern section from the visitor center still requires crossing a couple intersections and changing side of road. The hill climb begins and goes for a good long distance before more intersections are encountered. This hill climb is steeper than the northern end. On the return downhill some good views of Lake Havasu and area can be had. This southern end is certainly more scenic and fewer intersections to deal with. Throughout the trail the designers added many “wiggles” in the trail, avoiding long straight stretches, a nice touch.
Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ
Parking: North end of loop at large parking area. Could park at Lake Havasu City Visitor Center and cross over London Bridge if combining with City Multi-Use Trail.
Trail Condition: Asphalt smooth and good. Wide enough but another foot or so would have been better.
Signage: Sufficient amount of route direction and informational. On this trail bikers go clockwise and walkers counterclockwise. Many signs reminding bikes and walkers which way to go.
Comments: This is a nicely done loop trail around the island. Trail users did observe the travel direction based on mode of travel. Did encounter one biker wandering across width of trail, rang bell to alert of passing, at passing they complained of not being warned, noted they were riding with ear buds in, so of course couldn’t hear my bell or me coming. A wider trail would help avoid these sorts of issues. Highly recommend this trail if in area.
Hubby & I did this ride departing from Tumbleweed park. It was 16 miles to Hohokam Park in Mesa. The map said that was the end of the line but it appeared we could continue on the gravel path The trail goes concrete to gravel frequently. I didn’t think crossing the railroad tracks was a big deal as other reviews mentioned it. We did this ride mostly at night and it was lighted on the east side most of the way. It took us 2.5 hrs to do the 32 miles round trip. We were on pedal assist bikes and averaged 16 mph.
Trail goes behind houses along a dry creek bed. Restrooms are located at a couple of places in the park, which is approximately midway along the length of this trail.
This is an easy bike ride. Lots of horses to look at. Park at the equestrian center. Restroom off to the left as you drive into the equestrian center. Finding the trailhead: Turn off of Riggs Rd and drive in the front entrance of the equestrian center. As you drive under the big entrance sign look to your immediate left. The trailhead starts there with a map of the trail. The first 1/8 mile is packed dirt/pea gravel, but it quickly turns into asphalt.
My dog and I were tired of hiking around the neighborhood to get in our daily four miles, so we expanded our walking horizon to the Skunk Creek Trail. This is a fairly well kept trail that is fully paved on the south side of the Creek, and partially paved on the north side. When paved meets dirt and gravel at paved trail's end on the north side, the hiking is still easy. We liked the taste of desert still within the city limits. Today was our second adventure having located a place to park and access the trail. We saw a road runner, quail (collectively), and, because I know they perch high in the trees that surround a trail, one little hummingbird. We passed other hikers and bikers, all of whom were friendly enough to say hello (and adhere to the trail 'rules' or suggestions posted -- communicate!). I liked that bikers who can easily sneak up behind a walker, called out their intention to pass us as they approached. Thank you! I also discovered that there appears to be a man living under the 59th Street overpass, on the south side of the trail. I wasn't sure when I passed that way on the first part of our walk as I was on the north side, but being on the south trail on our return, I clearly saw him hiking down from the side of the hill to resume his 'perch' under the overpass. The only downside to hiking the Skunk Creek Trail is one that responsible dog owners can relate to: there is a great deal of dog poo along all sides of the trail, although there are poo stations offering pick-up bags and disposal cans. I will never understand not taking responsibility for your own dog (and I wonder what those persons' yards and homes look like). We'll hike this trail again...it was a good outing.
This is a utility road where they put up bike trail signs. Tirned out to be a pleasant ride. There are NO trailheads at either end of the trail. Enter by using the park on horne road and ridingthe road to access the trail. Sections of the trail have washboard and lots of broken glass. Gets prettier as u go north. At t
When/If you find yourself on this path it's pretty nice, however It's completely unmarked and abruptly ends in places, as was my experience with all of the Phoenix area trails.
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