Arizona Canal Trail is a 23.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Multi-purpose canal trails set apart from normal city traffic and noise. The Arizona Canal is one of the many canals used to supply the valley with its water needs (irrigation). These canals were originally build by the indigenous Indians centuries ago. The city of Phoenix, in partnership with Salt River Project, and local businesses, have developed the Arizona Canal for all types of recreational purposes (bike, jog, walk, equestrian, etc), except motorized vehicles. The Arizona Canal extends from the Pima Indian Reservation on the East, to Glendale/Peoria on the West. Use of the trail can be accessed at almost any point along the way; but I like to start at Metro Center and travel East into Scottsdale. Recently, the area of the canal that passes through Sunnyslope, has been constructed with the recreational user in mind. Underpasses were build to avoid crossing intersections, architecture was introduced for the peaceable moments of rest and contemplation. The Canal is secluded enough to keep the noise of the city away.
I enjoy this trail for everyday use. I can't always travel to different hikes, so this works well. No traffic, so I don't fear getting run over weather riding my bike or walking. It's quiet and well maintained. Includes hills so I get a bit of incline better than walking the neighborhood. Don't be surprised to see coyotes, hawks, rabbits, quail and other critters.
The trail is well-maintained, but personally, I get annoyed by the traffic noise and by waiting at pedestrian crossings - especially when passing under highways.