Butcher Jones Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa, AZ that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
Restrooms available - $4 entry fee
Great trail with wonderful views. We had some trouble finding the path at the end and just did a little exploring on our own. We were able to eventually find a nice quiet cove to swim. Will definitely come back with the dogs! FYI: Tonto day pass is a must if you don't want to get a ticket.
Went cliff jumping here! The hike to the little cave where we stopped was only about 20 minutes. We really just wanted to swim and jump off the rocks, but you could definitely keep hiking if you wanted. Beautiful lake, outstanding views!
the sights on the trail were amazing. lots of trash though in the water. a little rocky & small trail near edge of water. could make a parent nervous with little ones. however, walking through the overgrown trees was awesome for the little ones. and a little cooler, since you are shaded. great place for older kids & adults to hike, perhaps a little too precarious for little ones.
had an amazing time, sights, trails and people were all great!
Hike was great! HOWEVER! Make sure you purchase your parking permit/pass before, or you will get a $75 ticket! Oh ya- and we saw a Gila monster too
great views, especially at the end with 4 peaks in the background.
Beautiful easy hike.
Great trail! Took my Grand Cherokee "stock height" was able to go through majority of areas. There was trails everywhere including right up to the water.
Easy trail. Pretty views of the lake. Narrow trail that gets quite busy
Great hike and beautiful scenery.
Easy trail with beautiful desert and lake views! You have to have a pass to park in the parking area though- and the closest place to buy one is 9 miles away from the trail
Buy a Tonto Pass! This is a fee area, I wish the description would have noted that, but now I know. It was a pretty little hike with gorgeous views.
Incredible mix of desert and lake scenery...trail itself is very moderate so enjoy the views.