Butcher Jones Trail

MODERATE 237 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
1 day ago

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

hiking
3 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
7 days ago

off road driving
10 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 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

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Super short trail very easy probably will take you about 30 min in to walk and 30 min out. Though the lake front is really beautiful and has lots of room to relax and lay by the lake.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Fun trail, only did a short hike but will be back to finish.

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