This area of Mesa is at the crossroads of several SRP-manned canals. The 131 miles of canals deliver water throughout the Phoenix metro area, and they provided the irrigation that created many of these orange groves. The canals are a great place to walk, run, or bike to get away from cars and suburbia. The particular segment of the Eastern Canal that I like, has an asphalt walking surface, only one hairy street to jaywalk across (McKellips), ample parking at Mountain View High School, and the luscious smell of backyard orange trees if you walk the canal in March or April when they are blooming. After parking at Mountain View High's north lot, walk north along Lindsay Road, across Hope Street, and turn left at the asphalt canal path. I took this canal walk to Old Gilbert Road and turned around and walked back the same way, and the entire walk was just over 3 miles. You could turn around at McKellips and avoid crossing any streets, and you would cut about a mile off your total. Another benefit to this walk is that you have some afternoon shade from people's backyard trees as you walk northwest along the path. I only saw two other bikers during my walk on a late Thursday afternoon so apparently word hasn't gotten out yet that this is a great place to walk. Enjoy the smell!
Length: 3.2 miles
Elevation gain: none
Time it took us: 1.5 hours
Dogs okay: yes
|on the return trip, looking southeast at the path & canal|