• Urban exercise hike
    Posted by at April 19th
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    ALVORD LAKE
    Phoenix

     

    It was one of those Saturdays.  You know, those sacrificial weekend days given to yard work. While out  rushing around to the various plant nurseries in the area, I came across Cesar Chavez Park.  Even though I’ve known about it for years, I never really considered it a hiking destination.  However, when curiosity got the better of me, I made a quick detour between chores and discovered a very pleasant walking path and an unexpected, welcome leg stretch. The park is packed with ammenities like swing sets for the kids and is also part of the Arizona Game & Fish Urban Fishing Program.  The easy, paved walking path circles the 25-acre lake and has nice views of South Mountain, the Estrella Mountains and  plenty of water fowl.

    LENGTH: 1.1 mile loop
    RATING: easy, paved, barrier-free
    ELEVATION: 1012′
    HOURS: 5:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    FACILITIES: picnic tables, shade ramadas, boat ramp, fishing, playground, restrooms.

    GETTING THERE:

    From central Phoenix, go south to Baseline Road, go west to 35th Ave  turn south and follow the signs to Cesar Chavez Park at 7858 S. 35th Ave.
    INFO:
    City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation, 602-262-6111
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    Bio: Serial blogger, manic hiker and “mom” to a dozen adopted dogs, Mare Czinar has been exploring Arizona trails for more than 20 years. After being led astray (or just plain confused) by outdated hiking books and online resources (hence the tagline: We got lost, so you don’t have to), Czinar sought to create a fully vetted, frequently updated online hike travelogue with current driving and hiking directions to spare fellow hikers the mental and physical wear-and-tear of aimless wandering. In addition, blog entries are amended when road closures or wildfires restrict trail access. When not working, blogging, writing about the great outdoors or picking up dog poo, Czinar attempts to “stay found” while checking out new trails.


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