Bartlett Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews
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Bartlett Reservoir Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carefree, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 557 feet Route Type: Out & Back

fishing

hiking

nature trips

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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2 days ago

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1 month ago

Fairly easy to lose the trail and a lot of plants have grown onto the sides

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1 month ago

Stay on the trail and watch our for the jumping cholla...otherwise awesome!

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6 months ago

7-17-19. Nice Sunrise Hike On a Well Maintained Trail and Scenery was Beautiful!! Lots of Turkey Vultures, bunnies and lizards....no snakes today! Pay a fee at Kiosk either on the main road going in to park or at Ranger Station depending time you hike...credit card only at kiosk. Bathrooms at parking lot. Enjoy!!

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

Hidden gem. Great trail for a nature hike. Definitely recommend going in the morning. It’s was hot by noon when we finished (but jumped in the lake to cool off). Lots of rolling hills. We did 8.5 round trip. Trail well maintained for the first 3 miles. Not used much after that as the brush growth covered a lot of the trail. And didn’t see a soul out or back on the 8 miles on a Sunday!

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9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful wild flowers! Even the drive to the lake was pretty

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike along Bartlett Lake, wild flowers are spectacular! We got to the hike at Rattlesnake Cove, just up from the marina. You need to have a day pass to park, there is a kiosk on Barlett Dam Road just before the turnoff to Rattlesnake Cove. The path is easy to follow, the trail is narrow, lots of ups & downs on loose rock.

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11 months ago

Very scenic lake. Trail is adequately marked in most places. Lotsa up & down over sand/gravel surface. Not a cardio challenge so much, just make sure your not on roller skates. Would def recommend it. Feb 2019

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11 months ago

Beautiful views of the lake for much of the hike. Lots of “up-and-down” on this sandy trail. It goes through many washes so we temporarily lost the trail once in a while but always found it again. On a calm, sunny day the water views are gorgeous.

Sun Jan 13 2019

Rather repetitive, beautiful scenery though! Water levels are quite low.

Mon May 14 2018

Watch out for snakes we hit an area about 2 miles in where we came across a constrictor on the way out and a rattler on the way back right on the trail. Almost stepped on both they were camouflaged so well !! Love this hike for interval training.

The views are nice and the trail is moderate to easy. The trailhead is not at the point that is marked in the map and the length is closer to 9 miles than 6.5.. Also the trail is poorly marked at many points. We enjoyed it in general and the small beaches were a delight.

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Sat Jul 29 2017

Fri Jun 09 2017

loved hiking here and the greenery was awesome

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Mon Feb 27 2017

very nice hike along the lake, trail.head 5-1 1 starts at the boat launch by the sheriff's substation. there is an $8 Tonto Forest daily use the or $80 annual pass.

Fri Feb 10 2017

Beautiful hike along the water.

Tue Dec 27 2016

Gorgeous hike work the 8 dollar recreational pass! Start at the entrance point by rattlesnake cove, head towards the dock and you will eventually see a trail head sign.

Mon Dec 05 2016

A decent hike near a beautiful lake. You have to buy an $8 recreation pass at the local marina (or elsewhere). The attendant at the marina won't take cards unless you spend at least $10. The trail itself is winding, mostly unmarked, and easy to lose and find again with the lake on one side.

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Sun Oct 09 2016

Pretty ordinary hike. Not difficult from a fitness standpoint, but loose granite scree and trail erosion makes it less interesting. The setting is nice enough. Note that there are a couple different start points. The Jojoba trail starts at the main marina (about 2.5 roundtrip to Rattlesnake Cove). There another enter point at Rattlesnake Cove, which has a 6+ out/back.

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Sun Apr 03 2016

We hiked a few miles along the trail and back. It was absolutely beautiful! Loose gravel at some parts but nothing treacherous. We went in mid-March; the weather was perfect and flowers in bloom. We had a view of the lake for the entire hike. We went on a Wednesday and didn't run into anyone else. Trail access is at Rattlesnake Cove behind the bathrooms. It's trail #512.

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Mon Feb 18 2013

Great, easy hike! From SB Cove to Rattlesnake Cove (and back) it's about 8.6 miles round trip.The water level is low but makes the terrain interesting to hike through. Feels like you are hiking at the bottom of a fish tank :-) The path is narrow and winds partially around the lake with pretty views. My favorite area of the hike is when you pass through a cascading hill of quartz. Great energy. I think best done in winter (cooler) up through March (when there is beautiful wild flowers). Or if you are adventurous during the summer to find the best cove to swim in to get away from the crowds. A few things to keep in mind when hiking here....bring lots of water, a hat (no shade except for huge saguaros), and if you like to hike with poles this is a nice place to use them due to slippery small granite stones on pathway. Enjoy!

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