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Arizona Canal - 19th Ave to I-17, AZ
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Arizona Canal - 19th Ave to I-17, AZ 
Arizona Canal - 19th Ave to I-17, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2014
black_toes
Hiking2.66 Miles 184 AEG
Hiking2.66 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.53 mph
184 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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Picking up a segment missed earlier. This was surprisingly one of the nicest stretches of the AC I've yet to hit.

Parked near canal at Metro Marketplace. Walked E to I-17 bridge, then across to the start of the I-17 pedestrian tunnel on N side. From there headed E down to 19th Ave bridge where I turned around and came back, this time on the S. SRP says the distance is 1.06 mi. My GPS showed 1.07, the discrepancy no doubt due to my crossing the 25th Ave bridge, S side to N, on my way back.

More interesting segment than I thought it would be. Major sites: Rose Mofford Sports Complex, SRP's Alexander Substation and at the end, coming out of the I-17 tunnel, the Castles & Coasters amusement park. This segment also includes the junction of two major draingage projects, the Cave Creek Wash ditch coming in from the north around E side of the Mofford park to meet the one that follows the AC on the N. The pedestrian tunnel runs .13 mi under I-17 and may be the longest in the Valley. The one under Piestewa Freeway is long too.

Lucked into some nice photos of wildlife, including two turtles and five cormorants, one with a fish in its beak and two others surveying the canal waters from a partly-submerged shopping cart. This stretch seems to get moderate use, mostly from bikers. Beautiful day, easy hike.
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