by Richard Fox Updated February 2018
From November to April, and on many days in October and May, the weather in the Phoenix, Arizona area is picture perfect. While the most scenic areas are in the natural Sonoran desert parks in the outskirts of the city and best suited to be seen by mountain bike, there is an extensive network of pleasant bike trails throughout the city, many adjacent to a system of canals and drainage channels that traverse the area. Most consider the trails along the Scottsdale Greenbelt and Tempe Town Lake next to Arizona State U to be the best and scenic of these paths. We have explored these paths, and combined with a route along pleasant canal-side trails to come up with a 22-mile scenic loop with plenty of highlights along the way, including the rock formations of Papago Park, the new developments along the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale, a side trip to Old Town Scottsdale and two interesting bike-ped bridges. The final link in the loop was recently completed along the Arizona Canal Trail in Scottsdale, making this a world-class urban loop ride.