Butcher Jones Trail

MODERATE 244 reviews
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Butcher Jones Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1981 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wildlife

The Day Pass for Tonto National Forest is $8 and needs to be purchased ahead of time. One location that has the passes for sale is the Chevron gas station at the intersection of 87 and McDowell Street.

hiking
6 hours ago

22 hours ago

Good trail, nice views of the lake. Make sure you get a tonto park pass!

hiking
5 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! I wouldn't follow the map here! It's only 2.5 out and back. At the end you are rewarded with beautiful views of Four Peaks. The elevation gain is only a couple hundred feet. Don't take all of the spurs to the water's edge. There isn't a lot of shade so wear a hat and bring more water than you think you need. There isn't water at the trailhead.

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7 days ago

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15 days ago

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23 days ago

23 days ago

Beautiful

hiking
27 days ago

Fun & easy hike. There's some shade which was nice, and it followed along the lake for a bit.

hiking
29 days ago

Great views, not boring but not really that exciting. Good workout! Not sure why it says 1981 ft elevation gain. It’s only a couple hundred.

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Didn't love it, not a lot to see, but the lake is nice!

2 months ago

Didn't love it, not a lot to see, but the lake is nice!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The hike is pretty decent, parts of the trail are narrow and rock, but still easy to hike.

Plenty of wild horses at trailhead area and saw a few javelinas about .5 mi.

At about the 4mi. mark you start descending into trees and scrub bush....this is where I would recommend turning back.

A couple reasons to turn back - there just isn't much to see (no lake view) and too much bush/dead tree limbs to beat through.

We did get to within yards of the end but I wouldn't go that far again.

Actually, I most likely won't hike this trail again

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago