Tempe Canal Path

Arizona

Tempe Canal Path Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Maricopa
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: Consolidated Canal Path and Southern Canal Path (Mesa) and Ehrhardt Park north of US 60 (Tempe)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6463784
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Tempe Canal Path Description

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 number of residents, businesses and public facilities. The trail is entirely paved, with a gravel alternative for equestrian users and joggers available on the opposite side of the canal.

From the trail's eastern end in Mesa, trail users can continue southeast on the Consolidated Canal Path to reach Gilbert and Chandler, or head north on the Southern Canal Path to enter the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community.

Parking and Trail Access

There are no official parking areas for the Tempe Canal Path, but parking can be found on adjacent neighborhood streets. Be sure to obey any posted parking restrictions.

Tempe Canal Path Reviews

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!

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