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Butcher Jones Trail - Saguaro Lake

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  • Butcher Jones Recreation Area

    Butcher Jones Recreation Site, Maricopa, AZ (map)

    33.576739 -111.514784

  • Meet at the south east end of the parking loop by the lake
  • Price: $6.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • This hike is rated INTERMEDIATE.

    BRING:  You must bring 2+ liters of water per person and sturdy hiking footwear.  You may also want a hat, sunscreen and snacks.

    Note you must have a Tonto National Forest day use or annual pass to park here. The passes are NOT sold in the parking lot! You can find retail vendors or purchase a daily pass online here. Online passes can be shipped to you, or your can get same-day printed passes in PDF format.

    DISTANCE: 5 miles round trip
    ELEVATION GAIN: < 200 ft but several times
    DURATION: ~ 4.5 hours
    TRAIL STYLE: In-and-out
    DOGS: YES on trail, if leashed. NO on the beach.
    FACILITIES: Bathrooms
    WEBSITE: Forest Service

    CARPOOL LOCATION: We'll meet at the Target shopping center near Shea Blvd and the Beeline Hwy.  The address is 16825 East Shea Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ. Park in the row aligned with Target's entrance but near the street. We'll leave there by 7:30 am!

    I will NOT be at the carpool location listed below.

    DIRECTIONS TO TRAIL HEAD: Follow the Google map link above to the Butcher Jones Recreation Area entrance at the intersection of Bush Hwy and Butcher Jones Rd. Follow the road until you enter the parking loop. Meet at the south east edge by the lake. The coordinates are[masked], -111.515. Note you must have a Tonto National Forest Pass to park here, passes are NOT sold at this location! 

    We'll leave at 8:00 am!


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  • Donna M.
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    Hi, I'm Donna. I've been living in Phoenix since Jan 2011 and been hiking since September 2011.... more

  • Jean L

    Love the natural beauty of Arizona. Enjoy meeting new people and exploring new hikes.

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