Is "A path to X..." a structural metaphor?

For example,

A path to happiness.


A path to success.

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A path to happiness or to success is a structural metaphor, but only when path is fairly tangible (real and physical) and happiness or success is abstract (a concept).

However, a path to X may not even be a metaphor: If the path to my garden is muddy, there is no metaphor there.

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