Butcher Jones

Mesa, Arizona 85207

Butcher Jones

Butcher Jones Professional Review and Guide

"The Butcher Jones Trail was designed in part to allow land access to some shoreline spots for anglers. For hikers this trail provides some great vistas of Saguaro Lake and the surrounding desert topography, plus it reveals a nice collection of desert plant life. Be sure to purchase a Tonto Pass for the day before driving to the trailhead."

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"Butcher Jones Trail runs along a section of Saguaro Lake’s northern shore, offering overlooks of the lake and surrounding mountains. Burro Cove, this hike’s destination, commands an impressive view of Four Peaks across the lake.

Easy and well marked, Butcher Jones Trail makes an excellent hike for beginners. Many spurs branch out to provide waterfront access for fishing, camping, or swimming. With impressive overlooks of the lake and reflections of distant mountains, views along this trail are nothing short of stunning."

"This easy hike starts at the Saguaro nature trail and then follows the shore of Saguaro Reservoir around Peregrine Point to Camper's Cove. From there it cuts across a peninsula through some pristine desert to terminate at Burro Cove.

A great hike for dogs and kids and other limited hikers. Also provides shoreline access for fishing, or just skipping rocks. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Views of lake and surrounding basin, cacti, fishing access."

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10/17/2018
Fabulous hike for the entire family! There are a few narrow areas but overall it was beautiful. We saw several wild horses as well .. this is about 5 miles total! Great place to have a picnic once your done with your hike
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7/14/2018
This is an easy hike with lots of great typical Arizona scenery. You may see some wild horses which hang out in the area and aren’t scared off by people. It was a bit noisy and crowded though (we went on the weekend). Make sure you bring a lot of water, even though it’s an easy hike it’s easy to get overheated in the dry heat before you realize it.
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5/25/2015
Ist time doing this trail....it was really nice with all the views and the ppl are very friendly....luv it and willing to go again
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7/19/2014
Great Off road trails Started around 7am and reached my destination (shore) in about an 1.5hrs. Easily done with an offroad vehicle with a small lift.
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10/30/2010
The trail guide says there is a kiosk to pay for parking...When we got to the park we discovered signs that say you have to have a Tonto Pass for parking OR turn around and drive 11 miles back to the Chevron gas station at Fort McDowell to purchase one. Being the responsible citizens that we are - we made the trek back to the gas station where the attendant told us it had been a long time since there was a kiosk because it kept getting ripped off...the attendant said they had tried hiring people to collect the parking fees but they too had gotten ripped off and badly beaten for their efforts!! We drove back the to the trailhead and would have to agree that this was not one of the nicer areas (very run down and dirty) that we had hiked evidenced by the empty tampon applicator I found in the grass by my truck door when I opened it...In general the people who were at the Saguaro Lake beach fishing or swimming were not very clean, and usually inebriated...I will not hike this one again! The dock is closed and in disrepair and the hike is very narrow in some places with 50-100 feet drop offs into the lake..It was overgrown and the only view worth taking in was at the end in Burro Cove where you can see clear lake waters and a great view of the Four Peaks. After this we turned around and headed back to the trail head where we were able to see a few water turtles!
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7/18/2009
This was an easy hike. Hardly any elevation gain and clearly marked. When I went it was around 110 degrees, but a quick dip in the lake at the end of the trail cooled me and my friend off quite effectively.
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9/15/2007
My adventure racing partner and I rode the Butcher Jones Trail as part of a land navigation practice session. The trail is overgrown in sections. This required dismounting and pushing our bikes through the brush. There were sections of pleasant single track that offered nice views of the surrounding area and lake, but there were also several sketchy sections that were narrow and had exposures that dropped off to the lake 50 to 100 feet below.
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Trail Information

Mesa
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Best October to May
Season
1,535 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,700 feet
Top Elevation
Swimming, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Stewart Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018