Bartlett Reservoir is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fly fishing and is accessible year-round.
We hiked a few miles along the trail and back. It was absolutely beautiful! Loose gravel at some parts but nothing treacherous. We went in mid-March; the weather was perfect and flowers in bloom. We had a view of the lake for the entire hike. We went on a Wednesday and didn't run into anyone else. Trail access is at Rattlesnake Cove behind the bathrooms. It's trail #512.
Great, easy hike! From SB Cove to Rattlesnake Cove (and back) it's about 8.6 miles round trip.The water level is low but makes the terrain interesting to hike through. Feels like you are hiking at the bottom of a fish tank :-) The path is narrow and winds partially around the lake with pretty views. My favorite area of the hike is when you pass through a cascading hill of quartz. Great energy. I think best done in winter (cooler) up through March (when there is beautiful wild flowers). Or if you are adventurous during the summer to find the best cove to swim in to get away from the crowds. A few things to keep in mind when hiking here....bring lots of water, a hat (no shade except for huge saguaros), and if you like to hike with poles this is a nice place to use them due to slippery small granite stones on pathway. Enjoy!