Butterfly Peak Trail from Palisade Ranger Station is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Lemmon, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. 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.

9.5 miles
3,750 feet
Out & Back

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This is a higher elevation hike in the Santa Catalina mountain range. Early in the season you can expect to see some snow. The trail towards the end meets up with Mt. Bigelow Trail which leads to the summit of Mt. Bigelow.

trail running
1 month ago

My first time visiting Mt Lemmon area. Butterfly Trail has great views of the desert below to the east, and a healthy amount of elevation gain. I recommend tacking on Mt Bigelow. Minus one star for the overgrown trail making it hard to run.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Beautiful landscape ... fun to check out different times of year. Clearly marked.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Challenging for sure! But very pretty landscape and views. We ventured off the trail and found the old plane wreckage! Very cool. Definitely bring lots of water and pick a cool day to do this one.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Difficult hike for sure. The humidity was insane. It says 5.7 but we tracked 7 miles. lots of overgrown bushes on the trail making it difficult to even see the trail. Saw a black rattlesnake too. Definitely watch where you step. word of advice...hydrate the night before and take snacks, gatorade water mixture and fruit.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

It was a very hard hike. Not my favorite. The views are great.

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

great hill work but not the best for running. Great for hiking.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Shit looks like Lord of the Rings. You'll find yourself constantly looking over your shoulder for Smeagal's crackhead ass.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Great trail. It was in the 70s even though it was 100 degrees down in Tucson proper, beautiful wildflowers, butterflies, and mountain views. Very few folks on it so made for a nice secluded hike. Highly recommended.

trail running
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It may have been desert below, but this trail was covered in snow for the first half. I actually ran this trail more than hiked it and it is now one of my favorites in Tucson.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

I would recommend doing the hike to Crystal Spring Trail then on to a unmarked trail to the plane crash remains. Very fun to take a look at these remains! Somewhat difficult hike. We did see a rattlesnake on the trail.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

This trail was probably fantastic, before a fire swept through the area. Don't forget your hat (not much shade on offer), and be prepared to get dirty crawling over a few burned and fallen trees.

Monday, April 15, 2013

It would have been a good idea to park one vehicle at the end of the trail. If you don't, you'll end up covering an additional 4-5 miles. There were many parts of the trail that had fallen trees covering it, but they were easy to get around. Still a little bit of snow at the higher elevations. 04/13/13

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Monday, June 06, 2016