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off road driving
1 day ago

Awesome awesome trail. Couple of really technical spots. Need a lifted vehicle if you’re going to protect your undercarriage. Takes about 4 hours total, so bring a lunch and lots of water and enjoy the drive. Awesome views, love everything about this trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Kind of dumb to rate a trail 1 star because of forest closures. But whatever. Short hike, on a hot day will still kick your butt a little. Water is really murky this time of year from monsoon runoff

Well maintained trail with lots of great views of Saguaro Lake, as well as Four Peaks and even Flatiron in the distance.
Nice change from the typical Phoenix desert hike, and though the trail is fairly flat, there is just enough elevation change to keep things interesting and to improve the views.
I saw a couple of wild horses at the trailhead. Beside that I barely saw any trash on the trail. Someone must have come through and cleaned up after the party pig summer crew!

hiking
7 days ago

Went on a Sunday and saw maybe 2 other groups on the trail . It’s an incredibly easy hike - the end is sandy but still easy. If you get there before 8am no entrance fee! Amazing views!

19 days ago

I did this in my 3\4ton extended cab short box Chevy 2" lift and 33's wasn't too bad didn't bottom out at all. I took the FR10 trail after a rainstorm no mud it was almost pure rock, very bumpy. Not much for views.

off road driving
20 days ago

Good trail but saw signs of ppl crossing the boarder. Make sure you are armed.

hiking
21 days ago

I don’t know why this is rated moderate. I’ve done trails rated easy that we’re much harder. It’s a great little hike all the way around one of Monument Valley’s iconic buttes. Most people should be able to do this hike. It’s uphill at the very end with loose sand, but not that hard. Just don’t go in the middle of the day in the middle of summer.

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail! Went on a moderately hot day and took our 16 week old puppy. She loved climbing the rocks and basking in the little shade the trail provides. Bring tons of water!

28 days ago

Short but tough ... the views are definitely worth it though!

off road driving
1 month ago

Friend I just drove this, coming in the day after a big rainstorm. No mud at all, but also no dust. We were both in Toyota Tacoma’s—mine which is a 4x4 and his which a 2WD (although it does have rear locker). Couple parts where you need the right line and to take it slow but neither of us needed to use my trucks 4WD.

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail is very scenic but not for the faint hearted. You ride along a cliff Edge climbing some boulders. Did this in a Jeep with 6inch lift and 35 tires. Didn’t need to use lockers. I have a little experience and I was slightly challenged by a few obstacles. We did this trail on our second day of the trip so I had a good feel for the Jeep we rented.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views, will def do it again. Wanted to see the wild pack of horses, no luck. Since this trail borders the lake, I'm sure it'll be less than serene on weekends, jet-skis, etc. When I went it was quiet, began around 7am on a Weds. Parking is $8, can get at a Circle k or QT on the way.

If curious about the name, https://www.google.com/search?q=Dr.+W.W.+Jones&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

Interesting quote, from AZ Republic.... "Question: Who was Butcher Jones, and why is a trail named after him near Saguaro Lake?

Answer: The Arizona Republic's Scott Craven did some research, and here's what he found:

"Butcher Jones most likely is Dr. W.W. Jones, according to state historian Marshall Trimble. An online search showed Jones to be more than a medical professional. In the mid-19th century, he also owned mines in Arizona as well as a freighting business. He lived in Yuma, Prescott, Wickenburg, Phoenix and Tempe, and later in life became a rancher. He apparently was fairly influential in his day, and he was friends with Jacob Waltz of Lost Dutchman Mine fame. There also was a mention that Dr. Jones performed surgeries on his dining room table, which may have led to his nickname of Butcher (a Parks Department employee said of Butcher Jones – 'I am pretty sure he was a doctor, but apparently not a very good one.')."
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2014/04/30/who-was-butcher-jones/8538709/

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and excellent directions, as provided in previous reviews. Decent flow of water considering the time of year. Water was still plenty cold, but slightly murky. Keep in mind when deciding to swim the rate of flow- just upstream is private property who keep cattle that have direct access to the stream...

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a two hour hike for our family of 4. We have a 4 year old and a 18 month old. I would not consider this easy, more like moderate. There were small spaces to squeeze through, a lot of foliage, and rock climbing. It was a good workout and made it worth it when we made it to the flume to see the water. On the way back, we went around and were on top of the mountains for a beautiful view.

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice scenic drive.. stopped along way and short hike to Devil's Bridge....last 1/4 mile of drive was some ledge up to landing at Van Derens cabin ..made it no problem with stock Cherokee Trailhawk

hiking
1 month ago

LOVED this hike! Arrived around 6:30am on a Saturday and it was pretty empty, although when we were heading back around 8 both the trail and the lake were starting to fill up. Seriously beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains the whole way, with some outlets to walk down to the water. There was a rattlesnake and a family of javelinas when we were there, so keep an eye out for wildlife and stay aware. Heads up (and my reason for 4 stars)- the lake is popular for boating and jetskis. If you're looking for a relaxing, quiet hike either go really early or pick another trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely beautiful destination. Trail is very rocky, slippery, and steep in many places, but it’s all worth it!

Nice trail, Wild horses, lake views, easy access to the water. Very nice, will definitely do again!

fishing
1 month ago

It’s a nice trail with a little elevation change but definitely for hiking than going fishing. There is some good shoreline at the beginning of the trail but then it is up over and around before you back to where you can access the shore again. That’s ok! Have you mind set for hiking vs good fishing. Much better to be on the water. Kayaking or on a boat

off road driving
1 month ago

Just ran this trail yesterday in a stock 2001 Grand Cherokee. This is not an easy trail unless you’re in a lifted rig with big tires and even then its a challenge. (I need to note that it had stormed hard the night before and the entire trail was heavy mud and rock down in the washes) The scenery is awesome, way better than I expected. We entered the trail from the Usery Pass gate and finished at the Apache Trail exit. I probably won’t run this trail again after heavy rain until I get a lift and some skid plates. In dry conditions it's probably a moderate trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike that I do often. Not difficult though footing in places can be tricky . Gorgeous views of the water most of the way. Trash is becoming a problem so please please pick up after yourself!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. We were able to see a ton of wildlife from lizards, to chipmunk, and even a coral snake. Didn't see any of the wild horses, but the trail runs right next to Saguaro Lake and provides you with some amazing views. Not too difficult of a trail, but always pay attention where you are stepping.

This would be a 5 star trail if there was some trail maintenance done, especially in the first mile or so. There is a ton of trash all over, there are parts that are very overgrown, and areas not well marked. Needs a little TLC.

paddle sports
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful lots of birds and wildlife to see! A breathe of fresh air when your out on the water I would recommended a kayak and lots of sun screen

2 months ago

Nice way to stretch the legs especially if travelling between the Southern Utah parks and the Northern Utah parks. Sandy finish after around 6km a good appetite builder for lunch ! Combine with the drive and you’ll have a nice varied experience.

I wanted so much to love this trail. It has water, great birds, horses, cool plants, and is pretty unique among places I've been in Arizona.

There was trash everywhere. I just wanted one spot on the hike where my partner and I could sit for 15 minutes overlooking the water without an empty beer can within 20 feet. Couldn't find one.

If Arizona cleans this area up, it becomes an easy 5 stars.

off road driving
2 months ago

took my DRZ out for a first time ever off road ride. This trail (I took 10 and 3554 entirely) was quite a workout! I would put this as an above average start for someone who hasn't been off road but knows the basics of riding and has been on road for a while. the DRZ handled it just fine and the views were spectacular. if anything, I'd do it again just for the view! for now, I may try to find something a bit more beginning friendly for my second ride. pretty sore after this one. great trail though!

Not to bad for my first time in the area.

off road driving
2 months ago

Well, it's not a groomed dirt road anymore, the summer monsoons have washed the switchbacks and quite a few of the washes out. We went with a group of 4X4 Toyotas and had a blast. Just the right amount of technical with awesome views. The switchbacks put the rigs under some stress as the temps were 105+ but we knew that was a possibility going into it. Lots of cool places to stop and enjoy the scenery, landscape changes galore as you go from low desert to pine. Overall an enjoyable drive and one that would be even better at lower temps. Also, a few places looked like they would be pretty great campsites, not too far from the trail but traffic didn't seem that heavy.

Thelma and Louise was filmed here!

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