Consolidated Canal Path

Arizona

Consolidated Canal Path Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Maricopa
Length: 18.9 miles
Trail end points: Tempe Canal Path and Southern Canal Path (Mesa) and Hunt Hwy. and SR 87 (Chandler)
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6569134
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Consolidated Canal Path Description

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 trail—more popular with horseback riders and joggers—on opposite sides of the canal for all but two short stretches: only a gravel path is available between Warner Road and Lindsay Road in Gilbert and from Riggs Road to Hunt Highway in Chandler.

The gentle-grade path connects Chandler (where it is also known as the Paseo Trail), Gilbert (known here as the Heritage Trail) and Mesa as it winds through neighborhoods, farms and parks. Waterfowl and fish can be spotted in the canal, and fishing is permitted. One highlight along the route is the Paseo Vista Recreation Area in Chandler, a 64-acre park atop a former landfill that offers a large archery facility, playground and disc golf.

In Gilbert, trail users can pick up the Western Canal Path to head towards Phoenix. From the trail's northern endpoint in Mesa, continue west on the Tempe Canal Path or head north on the Southern Canal Path to enter the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Consolidated Canal Path can be found at several parks throughout the trail's route:

  • Paseo Vista Recreation Area (3850 S. McQueen Road, Chandler)
  • Tumbleweed Park (2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler)
  • Tibshraeny Family Park (270 N. Cottonwood Street, Chandler)
  • Freestone Park (1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert)
  • Harmony Park (1434 S. 32nd Street, Mesa)

Consolidated Canal Path Reviews

Decided to try this trail instead of driving to the hills and I'll definitely be back. It was hot, few people on the path and the short section I followed was easy to navigate across various intersections. Best of all, one of the parks on Ocotillo had decent restrooms (and I'll remember to park there next time).

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.

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.

Accordion

Wonderful completely flat paved or gravel trail running along the canal. Suggest parking at Paseo Vista Recreational Area and riding north toward trail end and back. South is nice too but it is shorter and the canal was mostly empty. North has more water in canal with sizeable fish to watch. Hares and Roadrunners frequently crisscross the path.

Quite hot in midday, even late November. Recommend early or late day including lit in the evenings.

The Recreational Area has water and washrooms as well as playground, dog park, and Frisbee areas. Went to Garcia's about 3 km west and indulged in great Margaritas and enchiladas.

This is a great paved trail. Runs along side the canal and passes many parks. It is well lit for evening or night riding. Most road crossings have signal to cross with.

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 several miles further north. Yes, you have to cross a few streets to keep going, but there's crosswalks right there or within yards of each crossing.

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