Butcher Jones Trail

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Butcher Jones Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 541 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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$8 Tonto National Forest daily pass required. The trail has great views of Saguaro Lake.

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flooded
20 hours ago

About a quarter of a mile in the trail literally goes through the lake. I don’t understand why when constructing it they would have taken that into consideration.

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muddy
1 day ago

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fee
3 days ago

Yes it’s an easier hike, but well worth it! Loved the views every part of the trek. It’s crowded the first 1/4 of the hike, but a lot of people turn back early so the last part is much less crowded. Very nice to soak your feet in the cold lake afterwards

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3 days ago

H Jo and I

6 days ago

Butcher Jones Trail Length: 5.1 miles Hike type: Out and back Elevation: 541 ft Rating: Moderate  Location: From  N Bush Hwy, take E Butcher Jones Beach Rd to Parking lot. Well used trail, some skinny rocky paths, beautiful views, a favourite by many. Requires Tonto pass. Definitely on the list for annual visits.

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7 days ago

Really easy trail but BEAUTIFUL view! Definitely worth putting on the list

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rocky
7 days ago

So beautiful.... spectacular views of Saguaro Lake, the beginning of the hike went through a forest and on the way back I ran into a herd of Javelinas! :-D

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no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Beautiful trail! Stunning views of the water throughout. Like a little oasis in the desert. Busy at the beginning but crowds thinned out as we got further from the beach.

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8 days ago

This was a beautiful hike with some rocky parts that were moderately difficult but make it a fun hike. The weather was perfect and the scenery was spectacular! We caught sight of long horned sheep down the Shoreline Access trail. It became a very busy trail and crowded, so we were glad we started early. Our group hiked it on a Sunday.

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rocky
9 days ago

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9 days ago

The trail was nice, pretty long and at the end there wasn't any water access. It would seem pretty hot for a summer hike, but it was nice for this time of year.

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fee
9 days ago

Nice trail. Go early to beat the traffics!

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10 days ago

What a great way to spend my 70th birthday. After multiple hikes in pure desert this was a beautiful diversion. Not that difficult but the views were awesome. Reminded me of Colorado hikes minus the altitude.

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10 days ago

It’s OK. Nice views for novice hikers.

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muddy
no shade
rocky
11 days ago

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over grown
rocky
12 days ago

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14 days ago

Hike with Mary, Kathy and Kurt. Nice hike, rocky trail. Made it in just before the rain.

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rocky
15 days ago

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rocky
16 days ago

25 days ago

Great trail. Hiked with a group from our RV resort today. Beautiful scenery; heavy traffic today.

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26 days ago

Challenging but worth it! Busy today.

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29 days ago

Cove 3

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1 month ago

Great trail with wonderful views of the lake and surrounding cliffs. Moderate to easy. Good one for dogs. Lots of places for them to swim.

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rocky
1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and it was a BEAUTIFUL hike that hikes alongside the lake for the most of the trail. Definitely a moderate trail with rocky areas and hiking uphill. But beautiful views the entire time. We hiked to the end of trail and then continued another 1/4 mile to Burro Cove which a flat and fairly easy trail to more views of the lake. Highly recommend.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! Was nice to get some grass for the dog, you do need to pay to park but you have service the whole time. Beautiful views!

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