There are many bike trails in Phoenix, but I tend to stick close to home on this one located only minutes from the ranch. With a little stretch of the imagination, the special character of the desert’s thirsty scrub trees and dry vegetation can actually be quite beautiful. However, I was raised near Lake Michigan in Chicago…. and this
skinny lake canal doesn’t leave much room for imagination, but I try.
As you can see, shade is sparse. Along the
skinny lake canal, the only shade is from the occasional over head power line. There is little breeze, and although Phoenix boasts its dry heat, I’m sorry, when it’s 105+ degrees there is nothing dry about it!
In my opinion, best in-town bike trail is Scottsdale Chaparral Park. Lots of places to catch a little shade, a couple of small man-made lakes to rest shore-side, and bike friendly restaurants close by.