I moved to Arizona in 1988 when I started ASU. Since then I have moved, a lot. I have lived in both north and south Tempe, Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Gilbert. I was a lifeguard/pool manager for 10 years with the City of Tempe, and I was a school teacher with the Kyrene School District. I have been selling real estate since 2002. You would think I would know everything by now, but strangely I still do not.
It seems that there is a huge trail system interlocking the east valley cities and town and park that is perfect for either bike riding, walking, or running…and in some parts of it, horse back riding. It runs along the SRP canals and it is spotted with shaded areas and drinking fountains you can take advantage of. Paseo Trail is what Chandler calls the sections within their city, and Heritage Trail is what it is called within the town of Gilbert.
In Ahwatukee there are tons of trails on South Mountain for mountain biking, hiking, walking, running and even horse back riding. These I have always known about and used the most and can highly recommend.
Entrance is FREE
Parking is FREE
Opens at 5 AM daily.
Gated roadways, trail head parking, restrooms and ramadas close at 7 PM
Trails close at 11 PM
Directions to South Mountain Park
- From I-17 going south, exit 7th Ave./Central Ave. Stay on Frontage Road to Central, turn right to go south.
- From I-10 going east, exit 7th Ave. Go south to Baseline Road, east on Baseline to Central Ave., turn right to go south on Central Ave.
- From I-10 going west, exit Baseline Road, turn left, go to Central Ave. and turn left (south)
I have recently sold a couple of houses that backed to one of these trails. Both had locked gates so the public couldn’t enter the backyard, but the home owner could exit their yard directly onto the trail. What a nice feature of any home. I feel like if my house backed a trail I would definitely get outside and walk more often. I guess I would also want a dog to do that….my Big Girl doesn’t like to walk too much!