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 - $4 entry fee
It was an OK hike, not very hard because it's mostly flat. The trail is fine but some trail signs were lost and so were we, but we quickly found our way back. Another less nice thing about the trail is that it just stops at a cliff unlike the signs made us think that we could have a break on the shoreline as was mentioned by the signs. (Shoreline 1/4mile)
all in all it was an OK trip and really nice if you don't hike a lot or just want to get started!
You need a Tonto National Park day pass 8$ BTW.
Was a nice hike. Not to crowded but we did go at noon. I would rate this as a easy almost moderate. Nice scenery water was nice to stop and put our feet in.
this is a nice trail. parts of it were overgrown with cactus making it difficult to get through. I wouldn't bring a dog with you on this trail. it is also ranked as moderate but really it should be an easy ranked trail. however there is a great place to swim almost at the end of the trail and the water was so refreshing. I would definitely do this trail again.
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.