Butcher Jones Trail

MODERATE 231 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.

22 hours ago

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

22 hours ago

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

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1 month 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

1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

Beautiful scenery here. Narrow in some places especially as you've first starting out. Great scenery changes from narrow trails along the lake to treelined valleys that seem reminiscent of Lord of the Rings movies. Lots of ups and downs which is likely why the MEDIUM rating, but it's not too difficult. First trip here I brought my 50 lb shepherd and she did fine. Lots of spots to veer off the trail towards the lake for a swim along the way.

2 months ago

Did this hike with a group just before sunset tonight. We had light the whole way to where the trail stops and used our headlamps coming back. Very easy trail and very pretty being able to see the lake on most of the trail. We even saw wild horses near the trailhead in the parking lot! The trail is narrow so if it's busy, I would imagine you would have to stop to let people pass. You also need a pass to park.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Nearly 9 miles of hiking most of which have great views of the lake and mountains