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The Western Canal Path, sometimes known as the Western Powerline Trail, is one of several trails adjacent to canals in the Phoenix metropolitan area, connecting the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert on its more than 20 mile, east–west route. The useful trail provides both an active transportation and recreation resource to nearby residents.
The trail has a smooth concrete surface through Tempe and where it follows the Chandler/Mesa border. For most of its route, the concrete trail is paralleled by a gravel-surfaced trail more popular with dog walkers, joggers and hikers on the opposite side of the canal. In Gilbert, the surface varies between crushed stone and concrete, while the surface on the western end in Phoenix consists completely of unimproved gravel.
Several parks and trail connections increase the utility of the Western Canal Path. At its midpoint, the trail connects to the Kyrene Canal Path; take that route to head farther south into Chandler. From the trail's eastern end in Gilbert, the Consolidated Canal Path extends north into Mesa and south into Chandler.
Parking is available at several parks along the Western Canal Path's route:
In Gilbert, park at McQueen Park (510 N. Horne Street), which also offers restrooms, drinking fountains and playing fields.
In Mesa, parking is available at Palo Verde Park (3135 S. Dobson Road) and Carriage Lane Park (3140 S. Carriage Lane).
In Tempe, you can find parking at scenic Kiwanis Park (near the intersection of Mill Avenue and All America Way), which also offers athletic fields, picnic areas, restrooms, a recreation center and a lake at its center.
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