Tempe Bike Trails to Check Out
Tempe is a great city for biking. In 2015 it became a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community Award winner with over 175 miles of bike paths and trails. If you don’t have your own bike, grab a rental and hit up one of these great biking trails:
Rio Salado Pathway
Length: 12 miles
The Rio Salado Pathway (aka Tempe Town Lake Trail) is a paved trail that runs along both banks of the Salt River. Starting west of Tempe, the trail passes by Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue, the Tempe Marketplace and Sloan Park to end in Riverview Park in Mesa. This scenic trail offers users the best views and opportunities to stop and explore.
To visit the trail north of the Tempe Town Lake, trail users can use the pedestrian bridge to cross and head over to the Tempe Town Lake Marina. From there trail users can either bike the rest of the Rio Salado Pathway or continue on the Indian Bend Wash Trail all the way into downtown Scottsdale.
Indian Bend Wash Trail
Length: 6.2 miles
The Indian Bend Wash Trail is a paved path that follows the banks of Indian Bend Wash between Scottsdale and Tempe. Starting at the Tempe Town Lake Marina, trail users pass by a number of public parks, schools and businesses. The highlight of the trail is the 60-acre Eldorado Park, which offers a swimming pool, lake, skate park, playgrounds and more.
Grand Canal Path
Length: 26.5 miles
The Grand Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area, linking Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe. Offering both paved and gravel options, the trail follows alongside the Grand Canal, which stars just north of the Tempe Town Lake.
Crosscut Canal Path
Length: 4.5 miles
The Crosscut Canal Path is a paved trail that runs from Tempe to Scottsdale alongside the Crosscut Canal, which stars north of Tempe Town Lake. Trail users wind through beautiful desert scenery in Papago Park and can end in downtown Scottsdale by jumping on the Arizona Canal Path at the end.
Tempe Canal Path
Length: 6 miles
The paved Tempe Canal Trail runs parallel between Tempe and Mesa along the Tempe Canal. With it’s convenient location, the trail sees a lot of use from many residents.