Explore the most popular lake trails near Tempe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It is a nice walk but half the trail is closed off at the moment due to construction =( The park is beautiful and there is fishing on the lake.

Loved this it was easy and fun

It’s a really good path for the family and young kids as well!

road biking
6 months ago

The best cycling path in Pheonix/metro in my opinion. Slower pacing around the lake due to it's popularity but as soon as you get north of the lake you can open up on the peddles. The path skirts along three long and skinny golf courses and several parks for something interesting to look at for the duration of the ride.

90% of the trail opts to go under the roads rather than making you use the cross-walk so better flow to it, less stopping than the canal rides.

Connects to "Grand Canal" and "Arizona Canal".

great for running

Ita hard to fairly assess this "trail" as it isn't a trail... it's a paved path right next to one of the largest Universities (ASU) in the country. It's a nice place to go for a run or ride ride your bike, but thats about it... I find it strange that this was even put into the app. Should we start including sidewalks and roads as well?

walking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

I recommend this park as a quick getaway within the city of Tempe. It offers a short paved walk around the lake which is perfect for walks, jogs, low speed bicycle rides and is family friendly. It is fishing friendly.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BOLO coyotes

road biking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nice, easy ride along the lake.

trail running
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Great trails to run and good views of Tempe town lake

Friday, February 24, 2017

Love Tempe Towne Lake!!! Absolutely beautiful at night!! The new dam is something to see. Just a peaceful place to hang!!!

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Steep and challenging! A good 3 mile loop

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hike #4, 3.5 miles with dad and jensen.

walking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The whole trail is 4 hour and 8.9 Miles. It only lets you get to the other side on 1 side of the loop. The use of the bridges to get to the other side is good. All in all great walk.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

it's cool really really cool

walking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

What a beautiful way to start my day.

birding
Thursday, April 07, 2016

21 bird species - avocet, black necked stilt, bald eagle, shoveler, rudy duck, plus usual suspects

Tempe Town Lake is under construction right now (tempe.gov/damreconstruction) so the view aren't great and there is building construction right now on both banks so I can't recommend this trail at this time but, it's normally great. Also, the water fountains are inoperable and I couldn't find a bathroom.

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ok, but is mileage correct. Had to ddl back over Priest St bridge since north side closed, but registered at over 7 mi? Nice views from the top! 4.35

hiking
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Also known as A mountain. This is a Super easy and quick hike. Doesn't take more than an 1 1/2 hrs to get up and down depending on how long you sit up at the top.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Nice short hike! Good views.

hiking
Friday, November 20, 2015

More commonly known as 'A' Mountain, this mountain is in the middle of Tempe and ASU, right off Mill Avenue, so as some other reviewers have pointed out this is not the place to go if you're looking for an escape from the city. South Mountain, the Superstitions, or any of the mountains up near Fort McDowell would all be better options and you wouldn't even have to leave the Valley to get to them. This trail is pretty busy at all times of the day as well, so in a lot of the narrower parts of the hike be prepared for delays or stoppages in your ascent.

This is a good, quick trail that is definitely very steep for most of the way (there's even a few sets of stairs throughout the trail) but since the hike itself is so short I didn't find it too bad. But I hike regularly on harder trails, so for a beginner or someone just starting to get in shape they may find it more difficult. This is a good trail if you're in the mood for some quick cardio and don't feel like going to a gym. Since Tempe Town Lake is so close you can follow up with some stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking to give your arms a workout as well ;)

trail running
Friday, May 29, 2015

Very short. In fact, I wouldn't consider this much of a hike. The trail is steep and rocky but well-maintained. I climbed it at 8:30 in the evening and found the trail packed with people. Beautiful view of the city at the top.

Maybe I'm not in the best shape for hiking but I found the incline pretty steep and some of the steps your leg is at a 90 degree angle to step up. Not a long hike with nice spots to catch your breath or a view.

Along the river between Mill Ave bridge and the dam is great, but the rest is too built up and busy. As far as the Butte, it's way overrated and overused -- only benefit is if you are training for endurance and quick summitting, but if you're a nature lover it's a let down.

Starting to hike and this is definitely great for beginners! The views are amazing; the beautiful wild brush along the trail, and the amazing city around it. It is a easy and very rewarding hike!

hiking
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I have hiked it and was a little disappointed that my hike wasn't longer.

A very short and simple hike to the top, but great views of Tempe and Sun Devil Stadium.

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