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Arizona Canal - 40th to 56th St Loop, AZ
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Arizona Canal - 40th to 56th St Loop, AZ 
Arizona Canal - 40th to 56th St Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2014
black_toes
Hiking4.95 Miles 84 AEG
Hiking4.95 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.78 mph
84 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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The sign at the strip-mall where I parked at 40th and Camelback said "Restricted Parking" for Residents and Customers. So to make sure I had legal grounds in the unlikely case my car got towed, I bought $1 bottled water from nearby Fresh 'n Easy and saved the receipt. Never know about these merchants and their cameras.

I walked down on the west side of the canal to the 56th St bridge, a distance of 2.47 mi by my GPS, then came back on the east side. There are no pedestrian underpasses. You have to take your chances crossing the two streets, bustling 44th and less-harried 48th / Arcadia Drive. The AC runs generally in a SE-NW line through here, Camelback to Indian School. Then at Indian School it heads east and bulges S into the Arcadia neighborhood.

It is a bland path indeed. Not much to see except waterfowl until you reach Indian School Rd. Then there's the "Backyard" of the O.H.S.O. Eatery and nanoBrewery (humming with business), Ingleside Middle School and its baseball field where I umpired a number of summer league games several years ago and finally busy Arcadia Park at 56th where I turned around.

The canal gets moderate use along this segment. Counted four hikers, 15 bikers and 16 joggers on the hour return trip, 1630 to 1730. When I got back to the shopping mall, I was releived ever so slightly to see the Civic parked where I'd left it. Next time, no sweat, I'll leaved the car at Arcadia Park and walk the next segment of this canal in to Scottsdale.
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