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hiking
5 hours ago

Great hike! Beautiful views. It is definitely a challenge. Would do this hike again

great hike! we missed the turn off Jacobs crossing at first and went a ways on the wrong trail. the app helped us find our mistake, and it looked like the sign had fallen down, and while we were hiking some strapped it back up. we ended up at the cave during magic hour, and it was gorgeous. hiked down during sunset and finished as a night hike once we were on the flat section. it was a full moon so we were able to see well enough. so beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

Very pretty hike near the perimeter of Saguaro Lake. It’s rated as “moderate” but I would definitely consider this an “easy” hike. I went on a Sunday so it was a little on the busy side, but not overly crowded.

hiking
1 day ago

"Lightly travelled"?? Really? Maybe because it was MLK Day, but this trail was packed with people and pets, including a class outing. Constantly having to step aside the narrow trail to let opposing hikers by and vice versa. Would have been some decent scenery if I had time to look at it. When one of the hikers was playing rap music on his phone so everyone could hear, that was it for me, turned around and went home. I would also rate it as easy, not moderate.

We loved this hike, especially the north side of the Goldfield Mtns with spectacular views. Our Apple watches measured it at 8.05 miles though, rather than the advertised 6.9 miles. Take plenty of water and some snacks. It got a bit warm for mid-January on the south side for the last couple of miles.

Beautiful trail!! Loved it! Took about 2.5 hours

Recommend this trail however I logged 9.3 miles clockwise, Battleship MountIn in background and fantastic views of Weavers Needle then on through Garden Valley turning back through Lost Dutchman trail and Parker Pass. Parker Pass is a great rest / lunch area. Lots of standing water along wash areas. You probably will encounter horseback riders

Tough, very technical hike for the inexperienced. Amazing views at the top and well worth it. Very poorly marked trail. Even harder coming down. Go slow and watch for cairns.

Beautiful hike and great work out. Plenty of parking. Park opens with the sunrise. Well maintained trail. This shouldn’t be rated as hard. No rock scrambling or crazy inclines. Don’t get me wrong, the first mile or a little over is a serious workout but not hard. On the fear of heights scale of 1-10 it gets a 4 so anyone can do it!

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike and incredible scenery. First mile is the hardest.

hiking
3 days ago

It’s 2.2 miles from the trail head to the thumb. 4.4 miles total round trip. Great hike. The first 1.5 miles is a steep climb, but a great work out. This area has a very unquie terrain and visual look. A lot of wildflowers out today.

Are the any updates if the trailhead is open? Would love to do this hike. I went there about 2-3 weeks ago and it was closed! Such a bummer!

hiking
3 days ago

Sunny, few clouds, Friday 1pm 60°, medium traffic. This trail was not easy for me, had to stop on the way up (which I try not to) but a good one. Heart rate for up to 160 and legs got worked for the first 1.4 up then easier along the top also leg got negative workout on the way down. Had to use my walking stick on this one. Great views and flowers blooming with the desert landscape and big boulders. #newhikefriday #rjpathseakers

Hiked 2nd time in honor of my Dads 83rd Birthday 1-16-19!!! Happy Birthday Dad xo

Beautiful views of canyon Lake.

Did this the other day solo despite reading previous reviews it is what they say. Loose gravel, small cacti everywhere, bush wacking, scrambling up wet washes, and the worst marked trail I've ever encountered. If you've never done this then please do yourself a favor and go early in the day. I lost an hour on the way up and almost another hour on the way down. I think going down was almost more confusing. You think you're following your previous trail then you end up almost going off a cliff. no joke. Otherwise the summit was amazing, ate lunch on the bench and signed my name in a notebook inside the mailbox. estimate 5-6 hours total. Bring gloves, snacks, and plenty of water!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike! The first mile is the hardest.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail! We moved at a decent pace and it took about 2 hours (in and out).

moderate for sure.

Beautiful lake views with moderate elevation gain. Can’t wait to try this one in the spring when the flowers bloom.

Love this trail! The trail is well maintained, great for all ages and has easy to follow signs. The trail was pretty crowded, we saw two bikers and many people brought their dogs. Make sure to bring water for your pups (and yourself) because there is no water at the trailhead.
The parking lot by the trailhead has ample parking and restroom facilities. The restrooms do not have running water but they do have hand sanitizer. There is no entrance or parking fee.
If you get cold easily, I recommend bringing a hat or ear warmers because the hike is windy towards the top.

hiking
8 days ago

Good trail, however, very rocky. It was harder coming back down due to the rocky path. Had to stop for the beautiful views due to uncertain terrain.

Butcher Jones trail hugs the perimeter of lovely Saguaro Lake. Steep, rugged slopes and colorful peaks are a gorgeous backdrop to the glistening water. Along with fabulous views we saw a variety of water fowl - loons, buffleheads, ring necks, ruddy ducks, and of course, ridiculous coots. The last mile—a cut across between two arms of the river-lake —we happened on an opening with many active gnatcatchers, bushtit, cactus wrens and black phoebes.

hiking
9 days ago

Agree with others here. Moderate hike labeled hard because of steep gravel cutbacks, but this is not camelback. First 1.4 miles miles to “vulture view,” the most steep then some up and downs til peak. No significant rocks climbs or scrambles. Hiking shoes and poles helpful. Nice views all around.

Aggressive climb and decent but worth it the whole way. The views are impressive to say the least. Well worth the effort.

hiking
10 days ago

Real nice hike with super views. Bring your camera! Definitely moderate as the trail is narrow with rocks and lots of ups and downs. Recommend walking sticks. Be sure to arrive at trail with the Tonto Pass. Restrooms available in parking lot.

If you plan on taking a mountain bike, only ride on the west side until the the trail starts to get rock on the north side then turn around. east side of the mountain is too rocky to ride.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice hike! Definitely a good workout but it’s not extremely difficult. Add on an extra mile by heading to The Lookout (follow signs that are close to the thumb). Excellent views and you’re away from the crowds.

great views, really good workout.

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