Loma and Canal Trails is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tempe, Arizona that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From the Loop 202 take the Scottsdale Road exit, go north about 0.25 mile and turn left on Curry Road. Follow for about 0.25 mile and turn left on 68th Street/College Avenue. Park is on the right.
This trail is heavily polluted, runs along a canal for a big portion of it. I would not do this hike again for several other reasons: no trail signs, crossing major busy streets, not a clear trail, and needed to use GPS for nearly the whole trail. The city of Tempe truly needs to invest time and money to pick up trash and install signage along these trails. Along the the canal part you could see squatter camps too. Sadly, unless Tempe does some major overhauling on this trail system I will not be back.
This is a great short run to either help tune in your bike or break in beginners on riding skills. I use it myself for a good cardio workout. Nice marked trails, steep up and downhill runs in the heart of Tempe.
A short easy hike in an urban area with lots of airport noise. Highlights are the Loma del Rio Hohokam site and Lo Piano Bosque riparian habitat.