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Monday, September 26, 2011
Biking Arizona's Grand Canal Trail
The Grand Canal Linear Park is a partnership between the cities of Glendale and Phoenix and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. The Grand Canal Trail is advertised as 23 miles in length and being partially paved and partially dirt. I began at West Regional Park in Glendale and biked both directions through the lovely and well-landscaped Grand Canal Linear Park and stopped where the pavement ended, not realizing it continued along the canal on the dirt dike, and I had biked about 11 miles round trip. (Phoenix's website says you can ride the trail from 75th and Camelback to Papago Park.)
The trail has access trails to all neighborhoods it passes and was getting quite a bit of use the day I biked it.
The western terminus is at Loop Highway 101 by the University of Phoenix Stadium.