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great hike. awesome views throughout. good elevation after first mile. we hiked to the second pool and we had it all to ourselves

hiking
12 hours ago

Great first hike in AZ.

hiking
14 hours 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.

Beautiful trail!! Loved it! Took about 2.5 hours

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Nice trail, beautiful canyon and pools. Horses may NOT use this trail and is not suitable for them unfortunately.

hiking
2 days ago

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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

hiking
2 days ago

Very nice hike with opportunities to branch out along the way. Very green desert after recent rains.

This was a beautiful hike. HOWEVER, before reaching the devils bridge there’s a very steep climb on rocks. VERY SCARY! I did it but I wouldn’t do it again.

Beautiful view ! Start early to beat the crowd and watch the sunrise .

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).

Amazing views

nice hike, lots of options.

moderate for sure.

Easy trail with a bit of climb at the end. Beautiful views. Take the trail and let the vehicles take the road.

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

Loved it

Fun hike for the whole family and it was beautiful.

Probably one of my favorite short hikes I’ve done. The views are beautiful the entire time and constantly changing. Personally would probably rank this hike as easy, though the last sprint to the top is a decently steep incline.

very easy hike worth it beautiful view

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.

Crowded on the weekends but still a beautiful hike with some great views! Worth it to stop and take some pictures st some of the viewpoints. Plan to wait in a short line to get your picture on the bridge if it is crowded!

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.

I would suggest not bringing dogs if you plan on going out on the natural bridge.

hiking
8 days ago

Perfect weather. The trail was pretty well documented. It was crowded, but it wasn’t your average in and out hike. There were multiple view points. A thing to watch out for is the off roading vehicles.

Great hike. Was busy on the Saturday after New Years. Lots of snow and compact snow/ice on the top half and muddy in the lower half. Crowded. Great views and well worth it.

Amazing trail with amazing views!

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