Explore the most popular hiking trails near Mesa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
22 hours ago

Well maintained trail with lots of great views of Saguaro Lake, as well as Four Peaks and even Flatiron in the distance.
Nice change from the typical Phoenix desert hike, and though the trail is fairly flat, there is just enough elevation change to keep things interesting and to improve the views.
I saw a couple of wild horses at the trailhead. Beside that I barely saw any trash on the trail. Someone must have come through and cleaned up after the party pig summer crew!

not one of the prettiest trails in the Superstitions.

Beautiful morning trail run. Decently marked and trails are well defined. All trails has it listed as 5.7 and Garmin Forerunner 935 had the run at 6 Miles.

Great hike yesterday and beat the rain! Too cloudy for the sunrise, but beautiful fall weather!

Took my three year old on this hike and she loved it. It’s a cute little park that appears to be great for mountain biking, but also offers some dirt trails for both biking and hiking. It’s a great hike for taking the kids.

off road driving
3 days ago

Beautiful day and incredible views.

Incredible hike! One of the best in this area!!
It is, however, a looong 7 miles. Go up the west side first to the saddle. It tends to be a bit boring until you start up toward the saddle. The ascent is not nearly as steep as people portray it to be. The saddle is, surprisingly, rather flat at the top. Great place for a picnic or break.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to go up the west side first because the back side of the mountain has some of the most beautiful views I have seen in a long time! There are no houses or buildings in the valley there, and you will be “awed” most of the way as you encircle a great portion of the mountain from high up. The only thing you need to be careful of is that there is lots of gravel. Take a stick or pole, and of course plenty of water and a snack.
Save the best for last by going up to the saddle first and come down on the back side.

View from the top is worth the wait! It was a great hike

This is a decent hike. I did it with 3 kids under 8 and they did it easily. Had a great time at the top with a little break and some wildlife.

This was a good easy hike. The day was clear and beautiful.

Really solid hike. Good workout, beautiful views. Not much parking on weekends, it gets busy.

hiking
9 days ago

Extremely fun hike especially after the maintained trail ends. There are spray painted markers beyond that point.

Last whoa before hiking Grand Canyon R 2 R next weekend. Hiked both directions. .....awesome for distance!

hiking
10 days ago

More geared for mountain bikers since there is a little obstacle course in the center of the park. Walk around the perimeter of park was decent but didn't fully satisfy my hike fix.

10 days ago

Really short hike but gives a nice view the whole way. Lots of people at sunset.

great for extreme mountain trail riding. The optional wild horses makes it so much better.

Very easy no great views of the river

This was absolutely breathe taking. Got to hike an see all the wild life up close. The the adventure we were able to make.

14 days ago

I did this in my 3\4ton extended cab short box Chevy 2" lift and 33's wasn't too bad didn't bottom out at all. I took the FR10 trail after a rainstorm no mud it was almost pure rock, very bumpy. Not much for views.

Really enjoyed this trail. Definitely recommend using the map, there’s a few spots where it was easy to miss your turn. Took about an hour and a half. Good workout.

hiking
16 days ago

it really was more than I expected. it was a challenge @ the age of 61.

hiking
22 days ago

Great little hike (just wish the trail really went up all the way up). Once arrived that the trail end, you can keep on going (as mentioned here) ... but the trail is really hard to see. Just be carefull about getting lost. This trail is kid friendly and really doesn't have any rock climbing - there really isn't much to it, but still gives a great view of the valley.
Note: instead of paying the entrance each time, ask about the coupon book - will save money.

I would almost give this 5 stars except for the beginning of the trail starting on the Bulldog Saddle side. The trail is of really poor quality with tennis ball to softball sized loose rocks. It's just hard going until you get to the saddle.

From the backside of the saddle to the Pass Mountain side of the trailhead this is an absolutely beautiful hike. I found the backside of this loop really easy to follow right up to the second saddle (travelling counterclockwise). At that point just hug the mountain and work your way to the far side of the canyon where that ridge will take you down with tremendous views of The Flatiron along the way.

If you can time this part of the loop to coincide with sunset you will be treated to some stunning views.

hiking
24 days ago

It seemed like the trail was washed away from the rains of monsoon season. We got a mile into the trail and seemed to get turned around and could t stay in the trail even with the maps help. We decided to call it and head out. Frustrated as it was a beautiful morning on the second day of fall.

off road driving
25 days ago

Friend I just drove this, coming in the day after a big rainstorm. No mud at all, but also no dust. We were both in Toyota Tacoma’s—mine which is a 4x4 and his which a 2WD (although it does have rear locker). Couple parts where you need the right line and to take it slow but neither of us needed to use my trucks 4WD.

hiking
26 days ago

Stunning views, will def do it again. Wanted to see the wild pack of horses, no luck. Since this trail borders the lake, I'm sure it'll be less than serene on weekends, jet-skis, etc. When I went it was quiet, began around 7am on a Weds. Parking is $8, can get at a Circle k or QT on the way.

If curious about the name, https://www.google.com/search?q=Dr.+W.W.+Jones&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

Interesting quote, from AZ Republic.... "Question: Who was Butcher Jones, and why is a trail named after him near Saguaro Lake?

Answer: The Arizona Republic's Scott Craven did some research, and here's what he found:

"Butcher Jones most likely is Dr. W.W. Jones, according to state historian Marshall Trimble. An online search showed Jones to be more than a medical professional. In the mid-19th century, he also owned mines in Arizona as well as a freighting business. He lived in Yuma, Prescott, Wickenburg, Phoenix and Tempe, and later in life became a rancher. He apparently was fairly influential in his day, and he was friends with Jacob Waltz of Lost Dutchman Mine fame. There also was a mention that Dr. Jones performed surgeries on his dining room table, which may have led to his nickname of Butcher (a Parks Department employee said of Butcher Jones – 'I am pretty sure he was a doctor, but apparently not a very good one.')."
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2014/04/30/who-was-butcher-jones/8538709/

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. We are beginners and couldn’t make it all the way to the top...elevation was the challenge for us. Great views and we will be back to try again when cooler!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Morning Birthday Hike on 9-7-2018 with my friend Enas! One of my favorites! Helped out a fellow female hiker with a bottle of water and some snacks. Safety First Peeps!!!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a easy trail, it can be intimidating to a brand new hiker to get all the way to the top but once you’ve done it a few times, it’s a cake walk!

Good hike pleasant view at the finish. Not unusual to see a snake.

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