Lake Front Cycling

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.


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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6 Responses to Lake Front Cycling

  1. Good Lord woman! Have you lost your mind??? About the only activity a normal person would do in 105 degrees is drink beer, eat ice cream or walk over and turn the A/C to “very cold”!

  2. shadowlilies says:

    Nice! I love imaginations…I grew up next to the ocean and now I live in the Heartland, so the tiny lake I walk at becomes the beach for me…love it!

  3. A New Path says:

    I totally understand about the lake, having been raised near lake Michigan and now dwelling on the coast. The dry trails look great though and your sunny weather fabulous. We’d need rain gear to bike today. I guess it’s a trade off on the water!

  4. Ingrid says:

    I heard bike riding was allowed along some of the canals. Thanks for sharing. We’ll be sure and give it a try next winter 🙂

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